Storm strands travelers, closes schools

Associated Press

A winter storm glazed roads, stranded travelers, knocked out power and closed schools in western Minnesota and the Dakotas on Monday. More heavy weather was forecast for today.

State officials warned against driving in the rural northwest corner of the state and said anyone who did better have emergency supplies.

"If you go off the road, it could be awhile," said Department of Public Safety spokesman Kevin Smith.

The State Patrol and the Department of Transportation closed several roadways on Monday, including Interstate 94 from Fargo-Moorhead to Fergus Falls, Minnesota Highway 210 from Fergus Falls to Breckenridge, and U.S. 10 from Fargo, N.D., to Detroit Lakes. I-94 and U.S. 10 reopened at 6:30 a.m. today, but Minnesota 210 remained closed, the State Patrol said.


Smith said high winds and snow created zero visibility in some areas.

Officials also advised no travel in Yellow Medicine, Lac qui Parle, Lincoln, Pipestone and Lyon counties and in parts of Chippewa County.

Poor road conditions were reported elsewhere in northern Minnesota as well. In Cass County, 21-year-old Gregory Roberts of Ponsford was killed when he was struck by a semi while trying to cross U.S. 2 on foot. The State Patrol said the road was icy at the time.

While the Dakotas took the brunt of the storm -- Fargo was expected to get a foot of snow -- more than 55 school districts on Minnesota's western edge delayed or canceled classes due to icy roads or anticipation of a snowstorm moving in from the southwest.

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