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COUNTY SHUTS DOWN: Christmas Blizzard 2016

December 29, 2016

Giant snow piles create impromptu medians along Main Street as crews work tirelessly to clear the roads Monday night in Bowman. (Pioneer Photo by Bryce Martin)

By BRYCE MARTIN
Pioneer Editor |bmartin@countrymedia.net

It all happened so fast.

As people became fully roused after a Christmas morning filled with presents, warmth and family, the snow began to fall. It fell with strength and speed.

Bowman County quickly became covered. It was only a matter of hours before people realized this blizzard was going to be everything it was made out to be by the National Weather Service.

Rhame received one of the deepest snowfalls, measuring 13 inches, according to the NWS. Bowman and Scranton were buried under at least a foot.

Monday morning would find people anxiously digging out of their homes, with the sound of Bobcats and snow blowers filling the Dec. 26 air. Christmas was over, but the effects of the Christmas Day blizzard were far from gone.

Bowman city officials posted a travel advisory to Facebook early Monday. Stores hesitated to open their doors, people visiting Bowman County to see their friends and families stayed put. The county, and most of the state, was seemingly on lockdown in the aftermath of the wicked winter storm.

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