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Cold weather grips Rugby region

By Staff | Dec 19, 2008

Jack Frost needed a sweater, and most everyone else needed more than that to stay warm from a winter storm which brought snow and Arctic cold air to much of North Dakota earlier this month.

The Rugby region didn’t receive much snow, just three and a half inches, according to KZZJ 1450 AM, the official weather reporting station for the city.

However, wind gusts caused some drifting and blowing conditions. Rugby appeared to be a ghost town on Saturday evening, as few vehicles were out in the bitterly cold temperatures.

No travel was advised, and the weather forced many cancellations or postponements of community events and school activities.

Temperatures remained well below normal for much of last week, and although winter doesn’t officially begin until this Sunday, Dec. 21, it sure has felt like it the past several weeks. Daytime highs were below zero and wind chills of upwards of 50 below zero.

It appears the worst of the weather hit in southeastern North Dakota. Heavier snow accumulations and high winds shut down major highways, including the interstate highways in the state.

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