BLIZ­ZARD TAKES AIM AT THE DAKO­TAS, MON­TANA

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It was a white — but slick and messy — Christ­mas for the north­ern Plains and some West­ern states.

Most of the Dako­tas and south­west Min­nesota were an “icy, slip­pery mess” be­cause of freez­ing rain Sun­day morn­ing that changed into snow when tem­per­a­tures fell, ac­cord­ing to Na­tional Weather Ser­vice me­te­o­rol­o­gist Greg Gust in Grand Forks, N.D.

His ad­vice to hol­i­day trav­el­ers: “Stay put.”

“Be­tween the ice and snow, and winds howl­ing like crazy, there will be noth­ing mov­ing” un­til late af­ter­noon Mon­day, he said. “Then it’s dig-out time.”

A bliz­zard warn­ing was in ef­fect for most of North Dakota, west­ern South Dakota and a small sec­tion of eastern Mon­tana through Mon­day, with ex­pected snow to­tals of 8 to 15 inches and winds up to 55 mph.

Up to a one-half an inch of ice could ac­cu­mu­late in cen­tral Min­nesota, and the weather ser­vice has said any­one who “must travel” should have an ex­tra flash­light, food and wa­ter.

Rain and pos­si­ble storms were due to move through parts of Kansas, Mis­souri, Texas, Ok­la­homa and Ne­braska on Sun­day.

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