The snow and wind started screaming into the northern valley after midnight on Monday. At 4 a.m., 3 Crookston women en route to their Grand Forks jobs hit the ditch near Fisher.
Two hours later their car's engine stopped and it was 8 a.m. before a State Trooper found them.
Trooper Luke Millette, MN State Patrol: "There were very cold and they were quite thankful when I arrived."
Reporter: "Was it a life threatening situation?"
Millette: "Yeah, all 3 of them thought they were going to die."
Millette says all 3 women are fine and did not need medical treatment.
Other travelers pulled off the road at Crookston, when Highway 2 was closed early Monday morning, and took refuge at a Cenex station.
Jeremy Plante, Bemidji: "Probably 15 to zero."
Reporter: "See many cars in the ditch?"
Plante: "Yeah, we saw about half a dozen that we could see. We saw a plow in the ditch."
At daybreak, things didn't get much better…. driving conditions remain impossible.
The problem, 52-mile-per-hour wind gusts here at Crookston… out on the open roads, near zero visibility."
Some travelers pulled over to try and wait it out… others gave up and checked into motels.
Reporter: "Lots of cars in the ditch?"
Carrie Nelson, Superior, WI: "About 8 to 10… what we could see. The visibility was very poor."
Reporter: "Just trying to wait it out until they open up the road?"
Nelson: "Yes, yes."
Reporter: "Just plan on sticking around today?"
Pat Spahn, St. Paul: "Yeah, my little go-cart isn't going to make it through any of this stuff. I'll stick it out and stay here."
Staying put is probably one of the best pieces of advice you can get today in the northern valley.
Trooper Luke Millette says they've been working on pulling out 15 stranded cars on Highway 2 between Crookston and Grand Forks