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Roads are reopening after winter storm impacts North Dakota

Grand Forks area could see up to a foot of snow, according to the National Weather Service.

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A graphic distributed Sunday, Dec. 26, by the National Weather Service, showing potential snowfall from an approaching storm.
National Weather Service

As of around 8 a.m., the North Dakota Department of Transportation and North Dakota Highway Patrol reopened Interstate 29 from Grand Forks to the Canadian border as well as U.S. Highway 2.

Reduced visibility and snow-covered conditions may still be present on highways throughout the state. Motorists are encouraged to slow down and drive for the conditions.

I-29 remains closed from Grand Forks to the South Dakota border, as well as Highway 13 between I-29 and Wahpeton and I-94 from Fargo to Bismarck.

For more information on road conditions throughout North Dakota, call 511 or visit the ND Roads map at travel.dot.nd.gov .

The City of East Grand Forks announced it was declaring a snow emergency which will take effect at midnight on Monday, Dec. 27. The emergency shall remain in effect until all streets have been cleared to their full width.

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During a snow emergency there is no parking allowed on city streets. Vehicles parked on the street during a snow emergency are subject to ticketing and towing, the city said in a news release.

UND said it would be closing campus at 10 p.m., Sunday, and re-open at 10 a.m., Monday, Dec. 27, due to anticipated winter weather. UND will continue to monitor weather conditions and update the community as necessary, the university said in a release. Essential personnel should report to work as scheduled.

Additionally, Grand Forks Public Health’s COVID-19 testing event, scheduled to take place tomorrow, from 7– 11 a.m., at the Fritz Pollard Jr. Athletic Center, is canceled, due to the potential for inclement weather. COVID-19 testing will resume at the Pollard Center on Tuesday, Dec. 28, 7 – 11 a.m.

Earlier in the day the National Weather Service said up to a foot of snow could be on its way in a band stretching from Devils Lake to Grand Forks.

In a packet distributed to the media, the NWS predicts heavy snow throughout the region, with upwards of 7 to 12 inches hitting Grand Forks and the immediate area.

A winter storm warning is in effect.

"There is a high certainty of heavy snowfall with this event," the NWS said in the release. "Travel impacts are expected from this snow with blowing snow impacts possible on Monday."

Elsewhere in the region, the NWS predicts up to 5 to 9 inches in Thief River Falls, Langdon and Hallock; 6 to 10 inches in Grafton; and 8 to 12 inches in Finley.

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For Grand Forks, there is a 94% that at least 6 inches of snow will fall, according to the NWS. It was roughly the same chance in Devils Lake and Finley.

The event is expected to begin Sunday afternoon and last into Monday. The worst is likely to come after midnight and into the early morning hours Monday.

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