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Storm socks Dakotas

A winter storm dumped a foot of snow and freezing rain in many areas of the Dakotas Sunday and many were digging out well into Monday. South Dakota transportation officials on Monday reopened parts of interstates that were closed Sunday due to th...

Kurt Hondl
Kurt Hondl's beard becomes covered in snow while he clears his driveway and sidewalk of snowdrifts on Monday in southeast Dickinson. Reports of up to eight inches of snow fell on the city during the weekend storm.

A winter storm dumped a foot of snow and freezing rain in many areas of the Dakotas Sunday and many were digging out well into Monday.

South Dakota transportation officials on Monday reopened parts of interstates that were closed Sunday due to the record-breaking storm.

Interstate 90 was reopened between Wall and Chamberlain, S.D. in the morning. Interstate 29 was reopened in segments, with the final stretch between Watertown, S.D. and North Dakota opened at midafternoon.

Stranded motorists had to be rescued in both states.

Dickinson Theodore Roosevelt Regional Airport Manager Matthew Remynse said two flights were canceled Sunday but everything was running smoothly by Monday morning.

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Monday morning and afternoon Delta flights between Minneapolis and Jamestown were canceled due to weather, The Jamestown Sun reported.

The storm dumped 14 inches of snow on Bowman County, Bowman County Emergency Manager Dean Pearson said.

"Everyone is in the process of digging out but we haven't had any serious issues," he said. "Just your normal snow-storm stuff -- our biggest issue is where are we going to put all the snow?"

Aberdeen, S.D. got a little more, with 14.8 inches of snow Sunday, which the National Weather Service said was a single-day record for February in the city. Pierre got 11.8 inches, a city record for the date

A major storm dealt a wallop to Wisconsin, Michigan and northern Ohio on Monday as it moved east out of Minnesota leaving more than a foot of fresh snow in its wake.

Operations were returning to normal at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport after the storm prompted Delta Airlines to cancel hundreds of flights Sunday, although hour-long delays were reported.

Airport spokeswoman Melissa Scovronski said about 60 departures and 100 arrivals were canceled early Monday, but she said she didn't expect more because the weather was clearing.

The National Weather Service reported the storm dropped 12.3 inches of snow at the airport by Monday morning, and another 1 to 3 inches was expected by the end of the day.

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The southern Minneapolis suburbs had even more snow, with Eden Prairie hitting 17 inches and Bloomington a close second at 16 inches, but the highest state total was 19 inches in Madison in far western Minnesota.

The snow fell from a storm that on Sunday spanned most of the upper Midwest and dropped more than 10 inches on towns in the Dakotas, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania.

On Monday, the weather service said snow continued to fall across the upper Midwest and the northern part of the Ohio Valley. Forecasters declared winter storm warnings throughout those areas, and warned that up to 1/2 inch could accumulate in southwestern Michigan.

Ice downed power lines in Michigan and Ohio, leaving tens of thousands of people without electricity for at least parts of Monday. Hundreds of flights were canceled at Detroit Metropolitan Airport.

AAA Michigan spokeswoman Nancy Cain said the organization took more than 4,000 requests for assistance after spinouts and minor accidents Sunday and Monday morning. It wasn't a record, which she attributed to fewer drivers on the road because of the Presidents Day holiday.

Wisconsin, particulary southeastern portions, was reportedly hardest hit.

The Associated Press and Forum Communications Co. contributed to this story.

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