Christmas is the most nostalgic of holidays, and blizzards are the most nostalgic of weather events. So, a Christmas blizzard provides a double dose — or greater — of nostalgia. Everyone who’s lived on the Northern Plains for very long has a collection of blizzard stories.
Blizzard Alvin may have been an unwanted (and nonreturnable) Christmas gift to the region, but it also was a present that likely will go down in history in more than one way.
The storm has already dumped its heaviest snowfall on the region, and should clear out by Sunday morning.
Because of the snow and wind of Blizzard Alvin, Saturday's Grand Forks Herald may be late to arrive on your doorstep. Herald carriers will be out delivering as soon as roads open up and conditions are deemed safe. For more information, call (701) 780-1249.
A fierce Christmas storm dumped snow and ice across the midsection of the United States, stranding travelers as highways and airports closed and leaving many to celebrate the holiday just where they were. Some churches decided to cancel Christmas Eve services, while others saw sharply lower attendance.
White Christmas turns to too-white Christmas as storm dumps 12 to 17 inches and counting By 1 p.m. Christmas Day, snowdrifts in some Grand Forks parking lots were knee-high –– and Blizzard Alvin hadn’t peaked.
“The visibility at the airport by sunrise was a quarter-mile,” said Mark Ewens of the National Weather Service. “It’s been hanging tough around a half-mile most of the day.”
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