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Published November 23, 2010, 10:35 AM

Monday snow storm catches everyone off guard

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - It was a busy 24 hours for patrols and snow crews trying to stay ahead of Monday's storm. WDAY 6 Reporter Stephanie Goetz breaks down the numbers from this unexpected dumping.

It's the storm that caught everyone off guard: from the state patrol to plow drivers and the numbers are showing just how nasty it was.

CAPTAIN MEHRER: "In the last few years, this ranks right up there with probably one of the top 10 storms that we've had, just because of the amount of snowfall that we had."

That foot of light fluffy snow caused 30 crashes on south east North Dakota highways alone: 2 of them injury accidents, but luckily no deaths. In the city of Fargo, 50 crash calls.

CAPTAIN: "A lot of them that we saw were due to snow fog, people losing sight, going into the ditch, rear end type crashes."

LEE ANDERSON: "For the first event, it was real."

Fargo plows hit the streets early Sunday morning and haven't stopped: roughly 15-hundred lane miles of streets were cleared, dumping approximately 12-hundred loads of sand.

LEE: "You'd plow the street, salt it, it'd be good and then it would get covered with snow and it was like we weren't there."

Now the biggest challenge will be getting this hard snow pack cleared from the main arteries.

LEE: "If we could say "time out" and wait, we would but it's not the way it works."

And it's all to get ready for round two, tomorrow. Fargo Public Works used almost a third more salt and sand than a normal storm. In Moorhead, 23 crashes were reported and 20 more throughout Clay County.