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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakotans are still feeling the chill of a weekend blizzard that shut down roads and businesses and knocked out power to at least one community.
Interstates 94 and 29 reopened throughout the state Monday, but officials still advised drivers not to travel unless they had to. The entire state was under a wind chill warning.
Early morning temperatures from around the state Monday included 25 below zero in Dickinson and Williston, and 21 below in Minot. Forecasters said strong northwest winds would push the wind chill factor to more than 40 below.

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FRANCE - Heavy snowfall and rainstorms across southern France cut power lines and trapped people in cars and trains overnight. About 100,000 households were without electricity. Two thousand people were stuck on trains running along the Mediterranean coast that came to a standstill when rainstorms brought down power lines. Up to 60cm of snow fell in hilly regions over 24 hours and 12 French departments have been put on avalanche alerts. Heavy winds brought a ski lift at Sept Laux in the Isere region to a standstill and emergency services rescued 50 skiers stuck on it. A men's World Cup slalom competition at Val d'Isere was called off because the snow storms were so intense.

Calgary in grip of deep freeze. Storm grounds flights, blamed for two deaths. A stinging Arctic storm that swept into southern Alberta on Friday was expected to worsen through the weekend, with plummeting temperatures, slick roads and bone-chilling winds leading emergency officials to issue a series of warnings about the risks of venturing outside. The storm's arrival clogged roads, grounded air travellers and was cited in at least two deaths on Alberta roads. There is little relief in sight. The three-day outlook calls for cold, cold and really cold, with wind chills approaching -40 C. While not record-breaking, the expected weekend temperatures should be some of the coldest seen in recent Decembers. "This time of year you should be getting highs of about -1 C in Calgary. This is 23-degrees cooler than it should be this time of year."
Image Above Right: Allan Pratt shovels the walk in front of his home on 26th Avenue in Bankview on Friday, as the winter storm arrives with gusto just in time for afternoon rush hour.
Photograph by : Ted Rhodes, Calgary Herald
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