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Region continues to dig out after Blizzard Alvin
Interstate 29 between Fargo and Grand Forks was reopened Sunday morning, and a statewide no-travel advisory was lifted as well, as the region continued to dig out after Blizzard Alvin.

by Herald Staff Report, Grand Forks Herald

Interstate 29 between Fargo and Grand Forks was reopened Sunday morning, and a statewide no-travel advisory was lifted as well, as the region continued to dig out after Blizzard Alvin.

Most of I-29, as well as other major routes, reopened Saturday night after being closed Christmas Day. But with Alvin’s heavy snowfall, travel was still a bit treacherous on Sunday. A freezing rain advisory was in effect early Sunday morning for most of the region but was lifted later in the day. According to the North Dakota Department of Transportation, many roads in the region were plagued by scattered snowdrifts and icy patches on Sunday evening.

The National Weather Service on Sunday stuck to its earlier estimate that Blizzard Alvin dumped 25.1 inches of snow on Grand Forks, from Wednesday night through Saturday night. Alvin could be a record-breaker in terms of the amount of snow dumped by a single storm, but it will have to be verified in the next few months.

Here’s how Alvin treated some other communities:

– Fargo: 15.2 inches.

– Red Lake Falls, Minn: 16.2 inches.

– Argyle, Minn.: 14.7 inches.

– Starkweather, N.D.,: 10.8 inches.

– Pembina, N.D.: 10.2 inches.

– Warroad, Minn.: 9 inches.

Because of windy conditions and drifting, the weather service said snow totals will vary, but most areas received about a foot of snow since Wednesday.

While shoveling, snowblowing and other cleanup duties may have put a damper on Sunday, it turned out to be a nice December day. The temperature reached 26 in Grand Forks, and snow was melting on some major city streets.

But colder temps are expected the rest of the week. The good news is no major snowfall is expected, according to the weather service. The high today will be about 10 degrees, but a light wind should bring that down, especially in the evening. The rest of the week will be about the same, the weather service said.

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