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Blizzard Slams Northern Valley

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   It's been a wild and white day in the northern valley.

  Many businesses and schools closed after high winds started rolling through Grand Forks Monday morning.

  It was before dawn, when crews started to work clearing Highway 2 between Grand Forks and Crookston. The westbound side of it was down to one-lane as another round of snow dumped on the northern valley.

  Then at daybreak, things just started to just get worse. The wind picked up, blowing the snow around on some very icy streets.

  Truckers pulling into GF said visibility was just going from bad to worse.

Jeff Strufberg, Trucker: "I pulled off at Erskine for a couple of hours, I couldn't see the road. It's just winter driving."

Reporter: "I see the wind is picking up now. You're going to run into trouble?"

Strufberg: "Yep. They say it's getting worse as you go north."

  In a rare move, even Grand Forks City and County offices, along with UND were closed today. However, at least one UND employee didn't find that out until making her way to work. 

Karen Bushaw, UND Employee: "And I gotta drive in all the way from northeast of Manvel. So, now I don't even know if I can get home or if the Interstate is going to close."

  The biggest problem remains out in open areas. High winds are picking up 6 inches of loose snow and creating near white out conditions. Driving conditions are expected to remain dangerous, until the wind dies down Monday night.

 

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