EMERSON, Man. - Travellers were again passing through a major U.S.-Canada border crossing Saturday after a winter storm that closed highways on the American side.
The storm closed Interstate 29 in North and South Dakota on Friday, stopping drivers heading south from Manitoba.
But that highway reopened Saturday afternoon, allowing drivers to pass through what is usually a busy crossing point between the two countries.
Officials reported that traffic was light and few travellers were inconvenienced.
The highway south of Grand Forks, N.D., remained closed.
Snowy southern Manitoba streets and highways remained slippery and dangerous, but not as bad as south of the border.
"We just got brushed with (the storm). It's way worse down there," Dan Fulton, a meteorologist at Environment Canada, said.
The south Perimeter Highway did become a trouble spot, however, when an eastbound semi-trailer truck slid across a median lane and jack-knifed. That blocked westbound lanes between St. Mary's and St. Anne's and prompting RCMP to divert traffic onto service roads to get to Winnipeg. There were no injuries.
But a crash on Friday in the Hanover area killed a 75-year-old Regina woman, who was a passenger in a car that collided with a van. RCMP cited ice on the highway as a factor.
Despite the storm's impact in shutting down several airports in the north-central U.S., Winnipeg's Richardson International Airport had little trouble with the snow.
"Our guys are out clearing it," said Christine Alongi, a spokeswoman for the Winnipeg Airports Authority.
"This isn't a whole heck of a lot of snow for us."
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