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A strong storm system developed over most of eastern North Dakota and the northwest quarter of Minnesota on Wednesday, February 6th. Decent amounts of snow fell across most of the area, but a band of heavy snow fell along a narrow line from Litchville to just north of Fargo in North Dakota, then through Ada, Fosston, and toward the Lower Red Lake in Minnesota. In this band 8 to 12 inches of snow fell. Bigger impacts developed during the early morning hours of Thursday, February 7th, as strong north-northwest winds increased. These gusty winds lasted through the day and into the early evening, before finally diminishing. This led to blizzard conditions, mainly in the Red River Valley. The blowing and drifting snow became bad enough that portions of Interstates 29 and 94 were temporarily closed during the height of the blizzard. The blowing and drifting also produced some of the largest and densest snow drifts seen in quite a while.


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