FARGO, N.D. — Snow-shrouded North Dakota highways were strewn with abandoned cars and trucks Thursday and tens of thousands of people across the Midwest were left without electricity after a blast of violent weather.
Wednesday's storms were blamed for at least six deaths, including four in separate road crashes in North Dakota. In Tennessee, a 4-year-old girl was killed and her mother was critically injured after a 60-foot tree toppled by 70-mph winds fell on their apartment. One person died in Indiana after being hurled several hundred yards by a tornado.
The surprisingly early blizzard began to move out after leaving nearly 10.8 inches of snow in Grand Forks and parts of Minnesota, and roads were covered with icy ruts.
"We are just trying to cut a path so people can get through," said Grand Forks city spokesman Kevin Dean.
In Grand Forks, the snowfall set a record, topping the earlier mark of 8.2 inches in 1926. Twenty-four school districts in the northern Red River Valley of North Dakota called off classes Thursday.