Weather in a Word: Miserable

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FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) Life is coming to a standstill for many people in the Red River Valley, and you can thank -- or blame -- a wicked winter storm that hit early Monday morning.

The valley is being pummeled with heavy, wet snow, and it's slowing or stopping traffic over much of the region.

The Valley Today's traffic reporter Al Aamodt says roads in town are in awful condition. Fargo Public Works director Lee Anderson has his crews out, but as of the morning rush hour, they're having trouble keeping up with what's falling from the sky.

Valley News Live's Melanie Palmer headed north on Interstate 29 around 5 a.m., but had to turn back because the highway was pretty much undriveable. Many roads -- especially side streets, but also busier thoroughfares -- were jammed with several inches of snow, making it difficult for many vehicles to get through.

The storm is also impacting schools. Among those closing are Fargo, West Fargo, Moorhead, Grand Forks and East Grand Forks public schools. NDSU, UND, MSUM are also cancelling classes today.

A number of flights at Hector Airport in Fargo are canceled or delayed Monday morning. Many business are shutting down, too, so you should check ahead.

Stick with Valley News Live on air and online for frequent updates on this developing storm.