Wahpeton roads show rough out-of-town snow conditionsWahpeton, ND (WDAY TV) -- It's been an exhausting 30 plus hours for plow drivers, troopers and stranded motorists.
By: Todd Kurtz, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY
Wahpeton, ND (WDAY TV) -- It's been an exhausting 30 plus hours for plow drivers, troopers and stranded motorists.
Overnight, so many drivers were stuck and stranded crews closed highway 13 between Wahpeton and I-29 and today's relentless weather made for a wicked dig-out.
For those of you who were driving around Fargo-Moorhead today, you might have been saying what blizzard? You needed to just go one mile outside of town to find out.
This vehicle is one of 25 in the Wahpeton area to get stuck and abandoned overnight.
Will Wright, Fargo: "It just became whiteout conditions."
Will Wright was on his way back to Fargo from South Dakota.
Wright: "There was a semi-truck following me and I didn't dare stop. I hit a pillow drift and it threw me over to the edge and I couldn't get out. I was afraid we were going to be sitting here until 7:30 in the morning."
A passerby ended up bringing Will and his wife home. The Grand Forks man ended up spending the night at the Wright’s home. Troopers say just one person spent the night in a car.
Tow truck operators turned into taxis giving rides to stranded motorists before returning today to get vehicles out, and it's brutal out here. Hat in all that wind has your ears ringing in seconds.
Joe Schiermeister, Berger Body & Glass: "Considering how it was last year I'd rather see some 70 degree weather. I guess we'll take what we can get. It is North Dakota and Minnesota."
Most of the stuck vehicles were on highway 13 between Wahpeton and I-29. Late this evening plows were still having a tough time keeping up with drifts on that highway.
Wright’s vehicle is one of the last on the main roads to be pulled out and this is where the trucks will head tomorrow, dozens of vehicles on county roads need out.
Schiermeister: "Got to wait for plows because the county roads are too blocked in for us to get down."
Roads were much better by 8 tonight when we came up on I-29. The main spot to watch out for tomorrow is under any overpass, that's a spot drifts easily form.