Major roads reopen in ND in wake of blizzard

Friday, November 7th 2008, 11:34 am
By: News 9

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- Authorities say major North Dakota roads closed by a blizzard that tore through the region are reopening, but freezing rain has left thousands without power to the east.

The North Dakota Highway Patrol says it reopened Interstate 94 west of Bismarck about 9:30 a.m. Other major roads will reopen later.

The blizzard that hit the western Dakotas changed to freezing rain and wind in parts of North Dakota as it moved eastward.

The Nodak Rural Electric Cooperative says thousands of rural customers are without power Friday morning in northeastern North Dakota.

In South Dakota, the storm lost much of its punch overnight. But authorities there are still dealing with the aftermath.

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