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A powerful winter storm moved through the region over the holidays, affecting the region Christmas day and into Monday. Freezing drizzle on the morning of the 25th led to icy roads. Heavier precipitation moved into the region during the afternoon hours of the 25th and continued into the evening and overnight hours. This precipitation started as freezing rain across southeast North Dakota and west central Minnesota, with some locations receiving significant ice accumulation which led to sporadic power outages. Temperatures across this area eventually rose above freezing for a brief period of time which led to rain and limited ice impacts. This precipitation transitioned to sleet and snow further to the north. The heavy snow across northeast North Dakota and adjacent portions of Minnesota occurred with strong winds, leading to blizzard conditions. As the system moved off to the east Monday morning, winds switched to the north/northwest and gusts up to 50 mph lead to blizzard conditions across much of eastern North Dakota and adjacent portions of Minnesota into Monday afternoon. Most major roadways were closed from late Sunday night through much of Monday afternoon.

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