ALEXANDRIA, Minn. - A steady stream of semi-trucks and passenger vehicles is flowing down the ramp onto the westbound lanes of Interstate 94 Monday afternoon, finally open again after being shut down by a powerful winter storm.
Snow, ice and high winds forced the closure of the busy freeway and trucking route Sunday afternoon between Alexandria and the North Dakota border. Authorities closed the barricades that are usually put to use once or twice a winter when conditions become too dangerous for travel.
Travelers and truckers had little option but to pull off the interstate into Alexandria: The lucky ones were able to grab a hotel or motel room, while hundreds, if not thousands of others were forced to sleep in their vehicles.
Parking lots at businesses like the local Walmart became villages for the stranded.
State Highway 10, which had also been closed between Moorhead and Audobon, was reopened around 10:30 a.m. Monday.
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