- Associated Press - Monday, January 25, 2016

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota and North Dakota enjoyed a relatively balmy weekend but some students from those states got caught up in the paralyzing blizzard that affected much of the East Coast.

More than 250 students had gone to Washington, D.C., for an anti-abortion rally on Friday. On their return trip, several buses carrying the students got stuck for as long as 22 hours on Pennsylvania highways, which were clogged with snow and vehicles.

“You could see 30 vehicles in front of us and about 100 vehicles behind us,” Dan Specht, who chaperoned students from Yankton, told the Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan newspaper.

Other students were from Sioux Falls and Aberdeen in South Dakota and Fargo, Minot, Dickinson and Bismarck in North Dakota. Students from the University of Mary in Bismarck also were stranded.

Students found various ways to spend the time, including singing, conversing, playing games and celebrating Mass outdoors.

“It’s actually been quite enjoyable, all things considered,” the Rev. Jadyn Nelson, President of Bishop Ryan school in Minot, told KXMC-TV.

Some of the students were scheduled to return home late Sunday, while others were expected to be on the road until Monday.

The storm dropped snow from the Gulf Coast to New England, with some areas getting more than 2 feet. At least 30 deaths were blamed on the weather.

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