A series of winter weather systems covered much of eastern North Dakota with 8 to 12 inches of snow early this week.

Hillsboro received around 11 inches of total snow after a Monday blizzard left the city buried with about 8 inches of new snow and a follow-up round of precipitation added another 3 inches later Monday into Tuesday.

The weather crippled holiday travel plans, with Interstates 29 and 94 closed across the eastern half of the state Sunday night through Monday afternoon as wind gusts of 50 mph filled open areas with snow drifts.

“On the first system, we had a pretty widespread 6 to 8 inches of snow across eastern North Dakota all the way into Wisconsin,” said Tom Grafenauer, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Grand Forks.

“We had back-to-back-to-back systems this week, which was pretty anomalous.”

Monday’s storm and its aftermath led to the cancellation of several events in the area.

Hillsboro-Central Valley’s boys basketball game against Richland in Colfax, N.D. Tuesday was postponed due to the travel hazards.

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