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More snow, odd weather ends March

By Staff | Apr 4, 2014

Jill McClintock shovels snow in front of St. Michel Furniture in Rugby on Thursday. Ashley Burkhartsmeier/PCT

Old Man Winter wasn’t done with the upper Midwest, especially North Dakota, as several towns received varied amounts of snow and weird weather Monday.

The expected snow was part of an event dubbed “Winter Storm Xenia” with cold temperatures coming from the Rocky Mountains.

The Rugby area received half an inch of snow, but it paled in comparison to other areas. Schools were closed in advance of the storm. Temperatures were above zero, but were still cold.

Twenty inches of snow reportedly fell in Grafton Monday, while nearly a foot fell in the Grand Forks area. Over an inch fell in Minot, while 8 inches were on the ground that morning in Harvey and continued to fall, according to a Minot Daily News article.

Other parts of North Dakota experienced “whiteout” conditions, with visibility limited to 10 feet in some areas. According to the Weather Channel, 58 mph wind gusts were reported in Oakes, and whiteouts shut down I-94 from Fargo to Bismarck and I-29 from Brookings, S.D., to the Canadian border.

“Xenia” prompted odd weather, including “thundersnow” or a thunderstorm where snow falls instead of rain, which occurred in Valley City and Mayville. To the east, a rare tornado occurred near St. Leo, Minn.

Over an inch of snow fell in the Rugby area Thursday. Another winter storm, “Yona”, was forecast to come through the area Wednesday through Thursday.

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