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The season's first blizzard struck the area during the early morning hours of Wednesday, December 23, 2020. Although winds gusted up to 60 mph, the lowest visibilities were mainly tied to falling snow. The main snow band moved into the Devils Lake region around midnight, shifted into the northern and central Red River Valley around 3 am, then finally into west central Minnesota and the southern Valley around 6 am. The 60 mph winds and falling snow combined to produce whiteout conditions at times, especially in open country. Once the snow ended, the wind did continue to loft the snow particles and keep visibilities low. This blizzard was fairly unique, as the blizzard conditions continued down the Interstate 94 corridor through St. Cloud into the Twin Cities.
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