Blizzards, ice storms wreak havoc across northern Plains

Snow Storm Bears Down on Western US as Holiday Travelers Hit the Roads
Blizzard conditions in parts of US make travel 'very dangerous if not impossible'
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28 December, 2016

From New Mexico up through northeastern Wisconsin, a mix of freezing rain and flurries will cover roadways with an icy glaze and blowing snow over the weekend, the service predicts.

Much of west central Minnesota north of the Minnesota River remains under a wind advisory Monday, with west winds 25 to 35 miles per hour and gusts up to 50 miles per hour.

The National Weather Service's blizzard warning for western and central North Dakota expired Monday afternoon, but the agency warned snow drifts still blocked some roads. And flights were also canceled at other airports in the state.

The storm caused problems on Friday in northeastern OR, where transportation authorities closed Interstate 84 between Baker City and LaGrande for several hours on Friday after snow reduced visibility to zero.

Airports were also closed in Bismarck and Minot, but were expected to reopen Tuesday.

Freezing rain forms on the branches and seeds of a tree Sunday, Dec. 25, 2016, in south Jamestown, N.D. The freezing rain caused some power outages in rural Stutsman, LaMoure and Dickey counties.

Flight delays and cancellations have occurred at Minneapolis-St. In Nebraska, high winds were cited for hundreds of power outages in central and eastern portions of the state.

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At about 4:45 p.m., the North Dakota Department of Transportation and the North Dakota Highway Patrol announced the closing of eastbound and westbound lanes of Interstate 94 from the Montana border to Jamestown beginning at 5:30 p.m., except for Dickinson and the Bismarck/Mandan metro area.

The Traverse City Record Eagle reported that customers of several utilities were without power late Monday afternoon in northern MI.

Consumers Energy spokesman Brian Wheeler told WOOD-TV that more than 20,000 customers in the state were without power Monday evening. Up to half an inch of ice is expected in the region.

A promised holiday storm in the Minnesota and the Dakotas began Sunday afternoon, December 25, with scattered freezing rain from southeast South Dakota to Minnesota's lakes country.

Showers and thunderstorms are expected to develop over parts of eastern Texas and the lower MS valley Sunday evening.

Across the south, the unusually warm temperatures will hit highs in the mid to upper 70s.


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