Blizzards, ice storms wreak havoc across northern plains

     (AP) – Travel conditions remain hazardous across much of the northern

Great Plains as a winter storm continues to sweep across the region.

     The combination of freezing rain, snow and high winds that forced the shutdown

Sunday of vast stretches of highways in the Dakotas was forecast to continue

into Monday morning.

     The storm has also caused widespread power outages in the Dakotas, Nebraska

and western Iowa.

     As of 1 a.m. Monday, the South Dakota Rural Electric Association was reporting

10,231 “member-consumer-owners” were without power. In Nebraska, high winds were

cited for hundreds of power outages in central and eastern portions of the


     The weather service office in Bismarck, North Dakota, predicted snow

accumulations of 8 to 15 inches in western parts of the state and thunderstorms

in the central region.



WebReadyTM Powered by WireReady® NSI