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Crews busy clearing roads after Midwest blizzard

Crews busy clearing roads after Midwest blizzard

Road crews reported progress Wednesday in clearing snow drifts up to 4 feet deep so they could reopen major highways after a blizzard swept through the Dakotas and Minnesota.
The storm was linked to at least four deaths and numerous schools and businesses shut down during the storm Tuesday.
Interstate 29 was reopened Wednesday from the Canadian border to Grand Forks, but it remained closed south to Watertown, S.D., highway officials said. A 130-mile stretch of I-94 remained closed from Jamestown to Fergus Falls, Minn.
Along with deep snowdrifts and snow that had turned to layers of ice, road crews had to deal with sharp cold. Fargo reported 5 below zero at 7 a.m., with a wind chill factor of 26 below.
Snow accumulations included 13.5 inches at Red Lake Falls, Minn., the National Weather Service said.
Fargo's MeritCare, North Dakota's largest hospital, closed its clinics Tuesday and notified patients that elective surgery Wednesday would have to be rescheduled.
Slippery roads were blamed for two deaths in North Dakota and one each in Minnesota and South Dakota.


Updated : 2020-12-03 16:31 GMT+08:00