Snowstorm causes power outages in Fargo-Moorhead area
FARGO - An early fall snowstorm packing strong winds has knocked out power to parts of the Fargo-Moorhead metro area.
More than 3,800 customers lost power at 6:35 a.m. in Fargo, Moorhead, Dilworth and the Minnesota communities of Baker, Barnesville, Comstock, Glyndon, Sabin and Wolverton, according to Xcel Energy's online outage map.
The Forum building in downtown Fargo was among those that lost electricity, trapping two employees in an elevator.
Xcel Energy spokesman Mark Nisbet said at 7:35 a.m. that crews had been dispatched to find the cause of the outage and restore power.
"We're assuming it's weather," he said.
Traffic signals went dark at some Fargo intersections, but police Lt. Joel Vettel said there had been no reports of serious accidents. Vettel said roads were slushy but not slippery when he drove to work shortly after 7 a.m.
"It's going to be significant for some drivers, just because it's been awhile since they've driven in snow," he said.
Cass, Clay, Becker and Hubbard counties are under a winter weather advisory until 9 p.m., and counties north to Canada, including Mahnomen, Norman and Clearwater, are under a winter storm warning until 10 a.m. Friday.
According to the National Weather Service:
"Snow will be heavy at times today, and north winds will increase and gust to 45 mph or even higher at times. This may produce near blizzard conditions when strong winds combine with heavy falling snow. Snow accumulations from 6 to 12 inches are expected across the northern Red River Valley into northwestern Minnesota by tonight. The heaviest snowfall will occur near the international border in Minnesota, where a foot or more is possible. This early season snow storm will produce hazardous travel."
Grand Forks had received 3 inches of snow as of 7 a.m., according to a weather service observer.