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Winter storm prompts Monday morning closures and delays, both in facilities and roads

Fargo city crews are dealing with 9 inches of new snow on residential roads, as both I-94 and I-29 remain closed Monday morning.

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There are multiple road closures across North Dakota, as a winter storm continues to churn in the region as of Monday morning, Dec. 27.
North Dakota Highway Patrol

FARGO — A new, thick blanket of snow now lies over the Fargo-Moorhead area, prompting closures and late openings. Such is the case with all City of Fargo facilities, which are opening two hours late, at 9:45 a.m, as it deals with 9 inches of snow on residential streets.

The Fargo City Commission meeting will be held as scheduled. Garbage and recycling collection will take place on Monday and will not be delayed.
Fargo Public Works Department crews will work on clearing snow from residential streets from 7 a.m. until all 1,400 lane miles in Fargo have been cleared. This is estimated to be completed by 9 p.m. on Monday.

Metro area public schools will be closing all buildings and are canceling activities for Monday, Dec. 27 because of the winter storm.

Classes are not scheduled in the Fargo Public School District, West Fargo Public Schools or Moorhead Area Public School District this week due to winter break.

Click here for additional closing announcements.

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The University of North Dakota is also closing its Grand Forks campus at 10 p.m. Sunday and will reopen at 10 a.m. Monday. Essential personnel are expected to report to work as scheduled.

Also, Grand Forks Public Health’s COVID-19 testing event, scheduled to take place 7–11 a.m. Monday at the Fritz Pollard Jr. Athletic Center, is canceled. COVID-19 testing will resume at the Pollard Center on Tuesday, 7–11 a.m.

WDAY chief meteorologist John Wheeler said the Fargo-Moorhead area could expect the snow to continue through the night and into Monday morning, accumulating in the 6-10 inch range.

Wheeler also said while the winds overnight and Monday will fall short of blizzard conditions, blowing and drifting snow will be a hazard for commuters.

Snow and blowing snow snow along roads is creating reduced to zero visibility and has prompted the closure of I-29 from the South Dakota border to Grand Forks; although it is now open from Grand Forks to the Canadian border. I-94 from Bismarck to Fargo remains closed.

The travel alert includes the following counties: Cass, Barnes, Bottineau, Burke, Burleigh, Dickey, Divide, Emmons, Grant, Kidder, LaMoure, Logan, McHenry, McIntosh, McKenzie, McLean, Morton, Mountrail, Oliver, Ransom, Renville, Richland, Sargent, Sheridan, Sioux, Stutsman, Ward, Wells and Williams.

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This is a map of road closures posted by the North Dakota Department of Transportation at around 6:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 27.

In the Fargo area, the North Dakota Highway Patrol was responding to an accident near Interstate 29 and 19th Avenue North as well as crashes along I-94 in Fargo. Additional information about the crashes was not available but NDDOT said motorists should expect reduced speeds in those areas.

A large winter weather system is expected to move across North Dakota Sunday and Monday. Snow moved into the area Sunday afternoon and continued overnight with winds gusting over 30 mph in some areas. High winds along with the recent snowfall can create zero visibility at times. Regions of North Dakota could receive 5 to 8 inches of snow, while some may see as much as a foot of snow by Monday, Dec. 27.

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Here is a link to North Dakota travel alerts and road conditions.

Here is a link to Minnesota travel alerts and road conditions.

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