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April snowstorm update: record breaking snows come to an end, I-94 reopened

Recapping the area news on the state of affairs following the record breaking April snow storm that gripped Dickinson and the Western Edge. Roads, weather, government openings/closures, and more.

Snowplows from the North Dakota Department of Transportation work to clear an underpass on I-94, near Richardton, North Dakota, on Thursday, April 14, 2022.
Snowplows from the North Dakota Department of Transportation work to clear an underpass on Interstate 94, near Richardton, North Dakota, on Thursday, April 14, 2022. Crews worked tirelessly to reopen Interstate 94 at noon Friday, April 15, from Jamestown, North Dakota, to the Montana border. While the closures are lifted, road conditions may be poor, and road officials are advising that drivers use caution, watching for snowplows that will be operating at lower speeds throughout the weekend.
Contributed / North Dakota Department of Transportation
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DICKINSON — As the sun peeked over the horizon Friday morning and the blizzardous wind settled to their typical prairie breeze, the storm of the century — Snowmageddon — came to an end. Though the April storm is in the rear view, snowplow crews across western North Dakota and beyond remain in action as they continue clearing roadways.

The North Dakota Department of Transportation snow crews have been in near continuous operations since early Friday morning, working on clearing roads and underpasses on Interstate 94 for a scheduled noon opening. The interstate has remained closed since 4 p.m. MST Tuesday.

Despite being able to now travel, the NDDOT reminds drivers that the roads may be icy and snow removal equipment will remain on the interstate throughout the weekend. Before taking off, the NDDOT encourages people to find the most accurate road condition information, by visiting travel.dot.nd.gov .

Working to clear I-94, near Richardton, North Dakota, snowplows push through a large snow drift on Thursday, April 14, 2022.
Working to clear Interstate 94, near Richardton, North Dakota, snowplows push through a large snow drift on Thursday, April 14, 2022.
Contributed / North Dakota Department of Transportation

With the storm ceasing, the City of Dickinson has lifted its no-travel advisory. The order went into effect at noon Friday in a citizen briefing. However, the city encouraged residents to use caution while driving as the streets remain icy. City street crews are working hard on snow removal throughout Dickinson.

The sun peaks above the horizon on the snow-covered terrain of I-94, east of Dickinson, North Dakota, on Friday, April 15, 2022.
The sun peaks above the horizon on the snow-covered terrain of Interstate 94, east of Dickinson, North Dakota, on Friday, April 15, 2022.
Contributed / North Dakota Department of Transportation

“If you choose to venture out and encounter snow removal equipment, we ask that you please stay back at least 100 feet to ensure your safety as well as to allow the crews to work safely and efficiently,” Interim City Administrator Dustin Dassinger said in the citizen briefing.

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Snowplows have been in operation since Thursday evening and Friday morning on removing snow from the downtown district, including residential areas. Dassinger noted in the briefing that the city is hoping to accomplish all of the residential neighborhoods by Friday evening.

A truck remains covered in a thick layer of snow Friday, April 15 ,2022.
A truck remains covered in a thick layer of snow Friday, April 15 ,2022.
Contributed / Bill Palanuk

“Please be patient with the snow crews as they are currently working to ensure at least basic access to each of the neighborhoods before returning at a later time to clear more of the snow,” Dassinger stated. “Snow crews have been working on clearing snow in the downtown areas since 5 a.m. and have been making progress to ensure access to downtown businesses.”

According to the Bismarck National Weather Service, Dickinson received approximately 25 inches of snowfall since the storm began Tuesday, with one report saying 29.2 inches of snow.

With the record breaking amount of snow, the City of Dickinson will not be enforcing the sidewalk snow removal policy. But if a fire hydrant is located on a resident’s property, the city reminds the public to clear the snow around the hydrant to ensure accessibility in the event of an emergency.

A view of the snow-covered I-94 on Friday, April 15, 2022.
A view of the snow-covered Interstate 94 on Friday, April 15, 2022.
Contributed / North Dakota Department of Transportation

Jackie Jahfetson is a graduate of Northern Michigan University whose journalism path began in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan as a freelancer for The Daily Mining Gazette. Her previous roles include editor-in-chief at The North Wind and reporter at The Mining Journal in Marquette, Mich. Raised on a dairy farm, she immediately knew Dickinson would be her first destination west as she focuses on gaining aptitude for ranch life, crop farming and everything agriculture. She covers hard news stories centered on government, fires, crime and education. When not fulfilling deadlines and attending city commission meetings, she is a budding musician and singer.
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