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Major North Dakota highways closed amid fall snowstorm

Traffic camera image from near Binford, North Dakota, Friday morning. Photo: NDDOT
Traffic camera image from near Binford, North Dakota, Friday morning.

Updated: October 11, 2019 12:03 PM

Hundreds of miles of major highways in North Dakota have been closed due to what forecasters are calling a crippling fall snowstorm.

Transportation officials shut portions of Interstates 29 and 94 and U.S. Highway 2 on Friday due to severe winter conditions and poor visibility.

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The National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning for northern North Dakota and winter storm warnings and watches elsewhere in the state and into parts of South Dakota and Minnesota through Saturday afternoon. One to 2 feet of snow was expected to accumulate with winds gusting up to 65 mph.

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Dozens of schools in the Dakotas were closed Friday because of deteriorating travel conditions. That follows school closures and travel headaches Thursday in the Great Plains.

The system is expected to continue toward Minnesota, with areas near the Minnesota-North Dakota border likely to see as much as 9 inches of snow or more possible near the Fargo area. The Alexandria is likely to see 1-3 inches of snow Friday night, KSTP Chief Meteorologist Dave Dahl said.

As for the Twin Cities, rain, sleet and snow showers are likely overnight, according to Dahl, and a light coating of snow is possible by Saturday morning. The rain, sleet and snow is expected to continue throughout the day Saturday and wrap up Sunday.

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