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Devils Lake Journal - Devils Lake, ND
  • What a mess!

  • Spring storm snow levels vary from five
    to 9 inches locally, 20 inches at Grafton.
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  • Spring storm snow levels vary from five
    to 9 inches locally, 20 inches at Grafton.
    Individuals in Devils Lake, the Lake Region and a majority of eastern North Dakota are digging out after a rare spring blizzard hit the area in full force Monday. Communities are looking to return to normalcy Tuesday after periods of heavy snow, strong winds and icy roads forced the region to practically shut down.
    The winter weather began Monday morning around 2 a.m., according to the National Weather Service in Grand Forks. Once the snow began to fall, winds of over 40 MPH made for difficult driving conditions beginning early in the morning.
    While much of eastern North Dakota received sizable amounts of snow, the Devils Lake region was hit much earlier than other areas. The spring system hit Grand Forks beginning at around 11 a.m. while snow didn't begin to fall in Fargo until 4 p.m. It was all part of the same blizzard, Bill Barrett, meteorologist technician at the National Weather Service in Grand Forks told the Journal.
    "There were two different mechanisms of getting the snow," Barrett stated. "But it was one powerful storm. The timing really depended where you were at."
    Snow in the Lake Region continued into the afternoon wrapping up by 5 p.m. Monday. Strong winds continued throughout the evening before settling down to 10 MPH Tuesday morning. While the storm didn't cause as much snow in the Lake Region as it did in some areas, the blizzard did its fair share of damage. Reports of anywhere from five to nine inches of snow were recorded in Devils Lake. The highest snowfall was recorded in Grafton with a report of 20 inches of snow.
    "With the winds that we received, it can be tough to get an accurate reading as far as snowfall amounts," Barrett commented.
    Devils Lake Public Schools, Edmore, Four Winds and Warwick schools as well as the Lake Region State College campus were closed Monday. The Ramsey, Benson and Nelson County Courthouses did not open and the city offices in Devils Lake were shut down. All schools and offices were open as usual Tuesday as conditions improved.
    Highway 2 from Devils Lake to Grand Forks was closed as were I-29 and 1-94 Monday and Tuesday morning. The Devils Lake Police Department advised no travel within city limits Monday.
    "The visibility was cut to near zero in many spots," Barrett stated. "The winds and snow made for a nasty combination."
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