BISMARCK, ND (KXNET) — The snow may have stopped falling for much of North Dakota, but it’s what is left behind that will continue to plague residents and motorists today through the weekend at the least.
By noon Friday, the North Dakota Department of Transportation reports US Highway 52 eastbound and westbound lanes from Harvey to Jamestown have re-opened, along with US Highway 83 north and south between Bismarck and Washburn and Interstate 94 east and west between Dickinson and Jamestown.
Meanwhile, the North Dakota Highway Patrol has restricted travel of all oversize loads statewide until further notice due to the weather and road conditions.
Bismarck street crews have been working around the clock to keep main roads and emergency routes open. Throughout Thursday, many roads seemed to fill in not long after crews went through due to the falling snow and high winds.
Mandan crews resumed plowing operations at 1:00 a.m., Friday morning, also working the main roads and emergency routes.
The biggest problem for many homeowners in the region: Shoveling or snow blowing through the higher than usual snow piles blocking the ends of driveways left by city plows as they worked the streets.
The blizzard started Wednesday with a round of freezing drizzle that made driving tricky. It led to a chain reaction crash that totaled a state trooper’s vehicle and closed Interstate 94 in eastern North Dakota for several hours Wednesday night and shut down I-29 in eastern North Dakota for a few hours on Thursday morning.
Snow and wind continued throughout Thursday until late in the evening when it finally tapered off and stopped.