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  • Grass is bent by the wind during the first snowfall of the winter season on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, in Meade County, S.D. A powerful winterlike storm moving through the Great Plains was closing schools and causing travel headaches in several states, authorities said Thursday. (Adam Fondren/Rapid City Journal via AP)

  • A pedestrian walks along West Main Street at the gap during the first snowfall of the winter season on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, in Rapid City, S.D. A powerful winterlike storm moving through the Great Plains was closing schools and causing travel headaches in several states, authorities said Thursday. (Adam Fondren/Rapid City Journal via AP)

Friday, October 11, 2019 1:20 pm

Major North Dakota highways closed amid fall snowstorm

 

Associated Press

MINOT, N.D. -- Hundreds of miles of major highways in North Dakota have been closed because of what forecasters are calling a crippling fall snowstorm.

Transportation officials shut portions of Interstates 29 and 94 and U.S. 2 on Friday because of severe winter conditions and poor visibility.

The National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning for northern North Dakota, and winter storm warnings and watches elsewhere in the state and into parts of South Dakota and Minnesota, through Saturday afternoon. One to 2 feet of snow was expected to accumulate with winds gusting up to 65 mph.

Dozens of schools in the Dakotas were closed Friday because of deteriorating travel conditions. That follows school closures and travel headaches Thursday in the Great Plains.