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Bitter cold, deep snow hit parts of North Dakota

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Dangerous cold blanketed northwestern North Dakota on the heels of heavy snowfall in some areas.

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The National Weather Service on Thursday morning issued an advisory for wind chills in the region as low as 30 degrees below zero.

Weather Service reports show that a system that crossed the state on Wednesday dropped as much as 6 ½ inches of snow in some areas. The state Transportation Department issued a travel alert for the northwest and north central parts of the state because of poor driving conditions.

The Dickinson Press reports that the Highway Patrol closed a portion of state Highway 22 north of Killdeer on Wednesday because semitrailers in the oil patch were having problems navigating the hills in the Killdeer Mountains.

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