Eastern ND and Northwest MN Weather History

The Weather History for November 28th

An inverted trough stretched into the Red River Valley, from a low pressure system passing through the central plains. The precipitation began as a mixture of rain and freezing rain, falling quite heavily at times. The most freezing rain fell across southeast North Dakota and portions of west central Minnesota, although lighter amounts did fall further north. Trees and powerlines became weighted down with up to an inch of ice in places. As temperatures cooled and wind speeds increased, powerlines started to gallop and break in great numbers. Richland County in North Dakota and Wilkin County in Minnesota were hit the hardest from the freezing rain and power outages. Thousands of people lost power as several thousand wooden power poles were snapped. Additionally, one high voltage transmission line in southeast North Dakota was broken. Roads were blocked by fallen trees, branches, and powerlines. Many vehicle accidents and several injuries were reported due to the treacherous road conditions. The wind speeds increased around the noon hour on monday (11-28-05) causing blizzard conditions across southeast North Dakota and west central Minnesota. Whiteout conditions continued into tuesday morning (11-29-05). Many schools were closed on both monday and tuesday, especially along and south of Interstate 94 in North Dakota and U.S. Highway 10 in Minnesota. For many schools, these were the first back-to-back day closures since the record winter of 1996-97. Interstate 29 was closed from Fargo to the South Dakota border, Interstate 94 was closed from Jamestown to Fergus Falls, and U.S. Highway 10 was closed from Moorhead to Detroit Lakes. Both the Fargo and Grand Forks airports were shut down and many areas advised no travel. Interstate 29 north of Fargo was also shut down for about an hour because a power line fell across the interstate. In southeast North Dakota, community centers and nursing homes were used as shelters for residents without power. Cass, Ransom, Richland, and Sargent Counties received a Presidential Disaster Declaration, the third one for North Dakota for 2005. The Governor of North Dakota sent National Guard troops and generators to southeast North Dakota, especially the communities of Fairmount, Lidgerwood, and Hankinson.

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