- Associated Press - Friday, January 9, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A few schools in the Dakotas started classes late on Friday in the aftermath of a storm that created blizzard conditions in many areas, while residents throughout the two states once again dealt with extreme cold.

The National Weather Service posted advisories for most areas Friday morning, with wind chills dropping as low as the minus-30s.

The arctic air has blanketed the Northern Plains for several days and isn’t going away soon. Weather service meteorologist Pete Speicher in Grand Forks told The Associated Press that it will be the middle of next week before there is a significant warmup.

The wind on Friday remained gusty but was not nearly as harsh as it was on Thursday, when gusts reached into the upper 50s in southern North Dakota and neared 70 mph in western South Dakota.

The strong winds created white-out conditions throughout the two states and blew some semitrailers off Interstate 90 in southern South Dakota. One semi involved in a six-vehicle crash spilled about 500 pounds of french fries onto the interstate near Salem. Eastbound traffic had to be rerouted for nearly three hours, and two rerouted vehicles became lost and stranded and called emergency officials for help, McCook County Emergency Manager Brad Stiefvater told The Daily Republic newspaper.

“Having no injuries was extremely fortunate, given the conditions,” he said.

Some roads in the Dakotas remained slick early Friday, and de-icing materials used on roads aren’t as effective when temperatures are frigid, Aberdeen Public Works Director Robin Bobzien told the American News.

“We’re not going to be able to dry off and clean up the areas as well because of the colder temperatures,” he said, urging motorists to drive with caution.

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