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Spring storm hits Fergus [UPDATED]

Published 11:19am Thursday, April 11, 2013 Updated 3:14pm Thursday, April 11, 2013

Snow was falling heavily in Fergus Falls and several cars were in the ditch in deteriorating driving conditions this morning as the winter storm that was forecasted arrived.

The National Weather Service projected about five inches of snow to fall by midnight tonight.

Police reported white-out conditions in the rural areas, and at least a half-dozen cars were reportedly in the ditch. While area schools were not yet postponed as of press time, the Otter track team’s bus to the Bemidji indoor meet was recalled.

The spring storm has led to the cancelation of more than 100 flights and numerous delays at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

The Federal Aviation Administration says some arrivals have been delayed by close to an hour, while flights departing for Chicago’s O’Hare Airport are being delayed by an average of nearly two hours.

Airport spokesman Pat Hogan says snow removal crews are focusing on the two parallel runways, keeping one open while plowing the other.

The airport is urging travelers to check with their airlines on the status of their flights.

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