Storm dumps snow in Dako­tas, Min­nesota

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Min­neapo­lis — Post-hol­i­day trav­el­ers were find­ing driv­ing dif­fi­cult as a win­ter storm dumped heavy snow and whipped up gusty winds across parts of the Dako­tas and Min­nesota on Thurs­day.

Up to 11 i nches of snow had fallen in the Moor­head-Alexan­dria area of western Min­nesota by mid-af­ter­noon Thurs­day, and it was still snow­ing, said me­te­o­rol­o­gist Tyler Hasen­stein of the Twin Cities Na­tional Weather Ser­vice.

The line of snow ended just north­west of the Twin Cities around Elk River, Hasen­stein said. The snow­fall peaked around 3 inches at the Min­neapo­lis air­port, then rain start­ing early Thurs­day melted the snow­pack.

Of­fi­cials i n North Dakota is­sued a no-travel ad­vi­sory for the east­ern part of the state due to icy roads and re­duced vis­i­bil­ity. Blus­tery winds were caus­ing bliz­zard con­di­tions in Jamestown, North Dakota, and in north­ern South Dakota, where trans­porta­tion of­fi­cials re­ported vis­i­bil­ity was down to a quar­ter­mile along a stretch of High­way 10.

Bus ser­vice for Fargo, North Dakota, and neigh­bor­ing Moor­head, Min­nesota, was sus­pended Thurs­day af­ter­noon be­cause of wors­en­ing road con­di­tions. Ser­vice is ex­pected to re­sume Fri­day with a nor­mal sched­ule.

The Na­tional Weather Ser­vice is­sued bliz­zard warn­ings for cen­tral South Dakota, east­ern North Dakota and western Min­nesota. The storm was ex­pected to drop more than a foot of snow in the re­gion be­fore end­ing Fri­day.

The Min­nesota State Pa­trol tweeted that road con­di­tions are poor across much of western Min­nesota.

Trans­porta­tion of­fi­cials said road con­di­tions across much of the cen­tral and north­ern ar­eas of the state are com­pletely cov­ered with ice and snow, with windy con­di­tions caus­ing even more travel is­sues.

The Min­nesota De­part­ment of Trans­porta­tion said it might be bet­ter to wait for con­di­tions to im­prove if travel isn’t nec­es­sary.

The weather ser­vice said an es­ti­mated 18 inches of snow had fallen by early Thurs­day af­ter­noon near Fin­land on Min­nesota’s North Shore.

/AP

A cou­ple wait to cross the street in the snow Thurs­day in Sioux Falls. More snow is ex­pected to ar­rive in South Dakota on Thurs­day and Fri­day as a win­ter storm moves through the area.

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