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    Posted March 18, 2013 by
    Grand Forks, North Dakota
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Wintry weather

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    Late Winter Blizzard Strikes North Dakota


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Meteorologist f2tornado told me, 'This was a cold blizzard, cold meaning the temperature was in the single digits to low teens so the snow was not the type to cause power line issues. The peak wind in Grand Forks was 43 mph around 10 a.m. and I have not heard any reports of damage. The real damage threat comes from flooding when the snow melts. Stay tuned for that story next month. Perhaps most impressive was seeing the city plows taking care of streets even during the height of the storm.'
    - hhanks, CNN iReport producer

    March 18, 2013.
    This is the third and most powerful winter storm to strike North Dakota during the past week. Total snow accumulation from the three storms will approach one foot. Wind gusts to 43 mph in the Grand Forks area this morning are blowing freshly fallen snow, reducing visibility to near zero in open areas, and providing windchill values around -10F. The National Weather Service has a Blizzard Warning in effect until 7pm. Area schools are closed and no travel is advised. The abundance of late season snowfall and very cold temperatures impeding melting prompted the National Weather Service to issue a "Spring Snowmelt Progression Outlook" as concerns for significant Red River Valley spring flooding increase. The current Weather Service flood outlook suggests a high risk (>50% chance) of major flood stage being reached along the Red River at Fargo this spring.
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