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Published March 23, 2011, 11:00 AM

Latest round of weather brings on another challenging dig-out

People in Casselton are spending all day trying to get the town back open. That wet snow that fell is proving to be quite the challenge in today's dig out. To get here with I-94 closed, we had to take County Road 10. This is video from the drive, you can see the road is covered in ice and snow, and each time you see that camera shot bounce we're hitting a snow drift.

Casselton, ND (WDAY TV) - This winter has brought on some challenging dig-outs, none more impressive than this storm. Here are just a few of the snow totals from around the region. Mayville with 19-and-a-half inches, Page 18, Valley City 10, and Fargo had just over 8-inches. The challenge was the rain, freezing rain, and then snow.

People in Casselton are spending all day trying to get the town back open. That wet snow that fell is proving to be quite the challenge in today's dig out. To get here with I-94 closed, we had to take County Road 10. This is video from the drive, you can see the road is covered in ice and snow, and each time you see that camera shot bounce we're hitting a snow drift.

In town, the unsheltered community had some major drifting. This is at the high school. Snow blowers and shovelers told us the high drifts weren't the issue, it's was the muck that lies down by the pavement.

DANNY WIKA – Casselton: "This is the toughest stuff you had; it's kind of slushy on the bottom it just sticks to everything."

ALAN PEARSON – Casselton: "The snow plow came and pushed it all up against the vehicle so I had to dig 5 foot from the side of it before I could even get any from the front."

All major roads are back open in North Dakota, but D-O-T workers are still cleaning up. Most roads don't have much snow on them. But with high wind speeds, blowing and drifting are happening in open country.

There are icy spots. Workers are putting chemicals onto wet interstates and highways. They will continue to as it gets colder tonight and in the days ahead.

BRUCE NORD - ND Department of Transportation: β€œAll the ice from last night, they got all that off. Now this is all new ice. This is all stuff that's blown across and gotten wet and starting to sticking. As temperatures drop of course that stuff is going to freeze up and get icy.”

Crews are still cleaning up compacted snow on interstates. Some spots, seven inches thick.

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