David Heinold walks his dog Max, a German Shepard lab mix, through the snow Thursday, April 11, 2019 in Sioux Falls, S.D. Heinold said Max is a very energetic dog and needs to be walked everyday despite what the weather is like. He said Max loves the snow so he is not phased by the weather. (Photo: Briana Sanchez, Argus Leader via USA TODAY NETWORK)
The heavy snow and blizzard conditions that hit the Upper Midwest are expected to rise slightly Friday and move back to Canada, but that offered little consolation to thousands still Worse, the National Weather Service forecast another round of strong winds and snow from eastern South Dakota into southeastern Dakota and western Minnesota.
More than 75,000 customers The poweroutageus.com was without power at one point from Colorado to Michigan, with some 14,000 without electricity Friday morning in Minnesota, according to poweroutageus.com.
In South Dakota, Gov. Kristi Name ordered government offices in all 54 counties closed as the storm bore down on the state Thursday. Even Ellsworth Air Force Base, just north of Rapid City, was shut down for all but essential personnel.
At one point at the height of the two-day storm, Pueblo West, Colorado, recorded a wind gust of 107 mph, according to AccuWeather
Minnesota appeared to be the hardest hit by the spring blizzard, prompting Gov. Tim Walz to activate the National Guard to help with stranded motorists and flooding. Over one nine-hour period, the Minnesota State patrol registered 167 crashes statewide, as well as state officials advised motorists to stay off the highways.
According to FlightAware.com, Minneapolis / St. Paul International Airport and Denver International Airport combined had 1,530 flight cancellations over a two-day period, with Minneapolis accounting for the bulk of them.
Even the baseball season home opener between the Minnesota Twins and the Detroit Tigers Friday night was postponed.
In one odd twist, some Minnesota residents reported a tan, or orange tone to the snow, which the National Weather Service said was most likely due to dust blown by high winds from West Texas.
At least two weather-related fatalities were registered in the hardest hit areas, one involving a collision between a snow plow and pickup truck near Denver International Airport, KUSA TV reported, and a head-on crash in Pine County, Minnesota, according to the Star Tribune.
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