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The most severe blizzard of the season affected the region this past Sunday, January 26th. A couple clipper systems moved through the region which made conditions perfect for this event to occur. The first clipper system brought 2 to 4 inches of fluffy snow to the region Saturday evening, which would easily blow around. The second clipper system brought a strong cold front, which moved through the region during the late morning and early afternoon hours. As this strong cold front moved through the region, winds would increase into the 30 to 40 mph range, with gusts to over 50 mph. The combination of new fluffy snow and strong winds caused blowing snow and ground blizzard conditions across much of the region. Visibilities were reported to be as low as zero (near whiteout) in open country, and even below a quarter mile at times within the more sheltered urban areas. Interstate 29 and Interstate 94 closed, as well as many highways across the region.
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