2013-04-18 / Top News

Spring blizzard brings 20 inches of wet snow


The 20 or so inches of snow that arrived Sunday made some streets impassable, even with four-wheel drive vehicles and heavy equipment. A police vehicle, two pickups and a payloader all got stuck on a southeast Linton street Sunday afternoon in a chain reaction of people trying to help others get unstuck. (Photo by Kevin Gassman and Tracie Ritz.) The 20 or so inches of snow that arrived Sunday made some streets impassable, even with four-wheel drive vehicles and heavy equipment. A police vehicle, two pickups and a payloader all got stuck on a southeast Linton street Sunday afternoon in a chain reaction of people trying to help others get unstuck. (Photo by Kevin Gassman and Tracie Ritz.) A spring snow storm dumped around 20 inches of wet snow on the Emmons County area throughout the day Sunday and Sunday night.

Until the snow arrived, farmers and others were concerned about going into small grain planting with no moisture. That problem has been solved.

County offices (and many others), schools and some state offices were closed Monday as crews dug out from the storm. All schools in the Emmons County area were closed Monday, marking the first snow day of the school year.

U.S. Highway 83, Interstate 94 and Interstate 29 were all closed Sunday and reopened Monday morning. Most Emmons County roads were blocked until county crews and farmers could begin moving snow.


The blade pulls out the payloader. Behind the payloader were the police vehicle and two pickups, all stuck. The blade pulls out the payloader. Behind the payloader were the police vehicle and two pickups, all stuck. At press time Monday, there was no information available on whether the snow could cause significant flooding problems. Much will be determined by the speed of the melt, and the long-range forecast calls for the thermometer to hit 50 degrees in the next 10 days.

The wet snow is creating problems for calvers.

If you have special snow pictures to share, please send them to the Record at info@lintonnd.com.



Linton City Foreman Bob Job opens 5th Street to traffic. His crew spent many hours clearing streets. Linton City Foreman Bob Job opens 5th Street to traffic. His crew spent many hours clearing streets.

Rick Hulm of Linton cleans the driveway as his wife, Leanne, clears snow off their pickup. Rick Hulm of Linton cleans the driveway as his wife, Leanne, clears snow off their pickup.

Kevin Gassman shows the depth of the snow on his street in Linton Sunday afternoon. Kevin Gassman shows the depth of the snow on his street in Linton Sunday afternoon.

Todd Lang uses his John Deere to push snow off his driveway in Strasburg. Todd Lang uses his John Deere to push snow off his driveway in Strasburg.

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