Photos: Blizzard hits Fargo-Moorhead

Weather

1 Whiteout conditions were common in open country in the Red River Valley throughout the afternoon of Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014. This photograph was taken on the southeast side of Moorhead in the early afternoon. 
2 A realty sign blocks a traffic lane in downtown Moorhead on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014. Moorhead City Hall is visible in the background. While weather conditions in the city center were less dramatic than open areas, wind gusts certainly blew snow - and presumably other objects into unintended locations. 
3 Snow drifts often encroach on to Fargo's 19th Avenue North during blizzards. Here, city of Fargo plows work to keep the roadway's driving lanes passable on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014. 
4 A trampoline base and netting frame the landscape at a home in southeast Moorhead on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014. Blizzard conditions were present for much of the day and were most visible in open country. Schools, including several local universities, closed Thursday due to the weather. 
5 Snow collects on shrubs and a wall of the Airport Animal Hospital in Fargo, N.D., on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014. 
6 Moorhead resident Robert Petersen clears snow drifts out of his driveway on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014. Eleven-year-old Ethan Petersen, left, and 12-year-old Gabby Tunheim, who lives next door, enjoyed the ride as well as a day off from school. The trio also went up and down their street returning empty garage cans to their respective houses. "It was garbage day today," explained Robert Petersen. 
7 Whiteout conditions obscure trees near Hector International Airport in Fargo, N.D., on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014. In spite of the blizzard conditions, few flights were delayed. 
8 Fargo, N.D., dads Warren Christensen, left, and Matt Brunsvold, right, teamed up to build an igloo in Brunsvold's backyard for their respective kids. Construction began in late December and is on-going. They use milk cartons to make ice blocks and recently purchased 1,000 cartons from a local dairy. The infusion of supplies allows the pair to construct one row or layer of ice blocks daily. 
9 Matt Brunsvold, left, and Warren Christensen, right, add ice blocks to an igloo in Brunsvold's backyard on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014. If all goes as planned, the effort should be complete by the end of January. "Ideally, it would be less windy. But, the temperature is perfect," said Christensen. 
10 A fence near a Moorhead Youth Hockey arena provides a stop for an assortment of newspapers and printed materials including this sheet on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014.