BISMARCK, N.D. — Residents of the Dakotas dealt with another day of bone-chilling temperatures as they dug Tuesday out from a record-setting winter storm.
The Alberta clipper that passed through the two states Monday dropped from 2 to 5 inches of snow, shutting down schools, leading to numerous traffic crashes and setting weather records. The 5 inches of snow recorded in Sioux Falls broke the city’s 63-year-old record for the date of 3.9 inches, according to the National Weather Service.
Dozens of schools in South Dakota were closed Monday, and many were starting late on Tuesday.
“It’s pretty cool, because I get the day off,” Sioux Falls third-grader Kaiden Brovold told the Argus Leader newspaper Monday.
The bad weather even prompted the city of Sioux Falls to close outdoor ice-skating rinks Monday.
The poor conditions contributed to numerous accidents, including a three-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 85 in the western North Dakota oil patch that injured people from Washington and Nevada. Nearly 50 accidents were reported in Bismarck, including a chain-reaction crash that temporarily shut down a Missouri River bridge.
In South Dakota, a semitrailer collided with an ice-fishing shack that was being hauled by a pickup truck in the Aberdeen area, injured the semitrailer driver. The pickup apparently spun out of control on a snowy U.S. Highway 12, and the semitrailer hit the shack and went into the ditch, Highway Patrol Capt. Rob Weinmeister told the American News.
Wind chill advisories remained in effect early Tuesday as arctic air continued to blanket the two states, dropping temperatures below zero in most areas and wind chills into the minus teens and minus 20s.
The frigid weather was forecast to continue into Wednesday, with overnight wind chills in North Dakota expected to be as low as minus 50.
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