Rain and snow fell on and off from the Wednesday evening to Thursday afternoon in the subway, but it was officially only 1.2 inches of snow in the cities, much less than forecasts that had predicted 6 to 12 inches.
"For the most part, Fargo remained relatively warm and lacked a lot of snow," said meteorologist Carl Jones.
Dry air was packed into the system, which can sometimes happen with a large system, WDAY meteorologist Jared Piepenburg said. That resulted in getting little snow in the metro.
"Yesterday it was a difficult prediction" because models showed Fargo-Moorhead on the verge of system precipitation, he said.
The snow came from the metro area on Thursday afternoon, but it was the gusts of wind that caused problems.
Although the blizzard warning ended around 7 p.m., WDAY Chief Meteorologist John Wheeler said traveling will still be difficult in open areas. Around 6 p.m. there were still constant winds of around 41 mph, with gusts of wind up to 56 mph at Hector International Airport in Fargo.
Wheeler said the wind would slow down, but it would still be cool on Friday at 15-25 km / h. And he thought the travel conditions would improve.
Interstate 29 from Fargo to the Canadian border and Interstate 94 from Fargo to Bismarck were closed until Friday morning and no trip was advised in south-central and eastern North Dakota.
The line of great snow in the storm continued west and north to the east of Cass County, with the heaviest amounts concentrated to the south and near Jamestown, N.D., and near Grand Forks.
Ashley in the far southeast of North Dakota at the South Dakota border reported 16 inches of snow, most in the state. The North Dakota cities of Ellendale, Edgeley and Fullerton saw a mountain of snow nearby.
Elsewhere in North Dakota, Jamestown had 10 centimeters of snow; Grand Forks received 6.1 inches; Larimore reported 10 inches; and Devils Lake saw 5 inches.
Fargo-Moorhead residents woke up Thursday morning from muddy roads, making driving in the city difficult. The storm provided 0.57 centimeters of water content in the mixed rainfall in the metro, according to Wheeler.
Roofs up a garage in Moorhead and a commercial building in Fargo collapsed under the weight of snow. The wind blew from a part of a roof on a building in West Fargo. And a billboard collapsed along Interstate 29 near the 13th Avenue South exit. No injuries reported.
The storm brought rain to parts of west-central Minnesota, with 1.2 inches in Battle Lake, 1.14 inches in New York Mills, 0.9 inches in Fergus Falls and 0.59 inches in Detroit Lakes, Wheeler said.
Friday's high was predicted for 29 degrees in the metro area, with a low of 9 degrees & night, according to the weather service.
It is expected that the weekend will bring more pleasant weather, as wind speeds remain in the single figures. The weather service has predicted partly to mostly cloudy skies Saturday and Sunday in Fargo, with highs in the low 30s and nightly lows in the teenage years.
That will remain consistent in the following week, but Wednesday is likely to bring mostly sunny skies and possibly an altitude of almost 39 degrees, the weather service said.