Storm hits northern Plains; subzero temps follow

Associated Press Updated: December 4, 2013 at 8:31 pm • Published: December 4, 2013 0

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Travel in parts of the Dakotas remained hazardous Wednesday as crews began to dig out from a northern Great Plains winter storm that gave way to subzero temperatures.

In North Dakota, a travel alert was reduced Wednesday afternoon to eastern North Dakota, including Devils Lake, Grand Forks, Fargo, Valley City, Jamestown and surrounding areas. The state Department of Transportation said icy conditions and blowing and drifting snow — and heavy snow in some areas — were creating hazardous driving conditions.

Minor wrecks were reported throughout both states Wednesday, including a collision involving a school bus and car in the Sioux Falls area. No injuries were reported in that accident.

Police in Sioux Falls, where more than 6 inches of snow fell by late afternoon, reported 46 crashes in the city between 5:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

The North Dakota Highway Patrol said weather contributed to at least one fatality on Tuesday. Ronald Waters, 59, of Watford City, died when his semitrailer rolled in a ditch near the city.

Police say a woman in Grand Forks was hospitalized with severe leg injuries after getting a leg caught in a snow blower.

The University of North Dakota canceled Wednesday classes that started at 6 p.m. or later.

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