6 ways Wednesday's ridiculously cold weather could affect you

A pedestrian is bundled up for the cold while standing along First Avenue North in downtown Fargo on Tuesday, Jan. 29. David Samson / The Forum
A pedestrian is bundled up for the cold while standing along First Avenue North in downtown Fargo on Tuesday, Jan. 29. David Samson / The ForumDavid Samson / The Forum

FARGO — Dangerously cold temperatures throughout the region on Tuesday, Jan. 29, affected nearly every facet of daily life in the Fargo-Moorhead area, from school closings to suspended mail delivery.

With weather expected to be colder on Wednesday, at minus 20 degrees and wind chills reaching 58 below zero, more closures have been announced. Here’s a summary of closures and service changes for Wednesday, Jan. 30:

1. No mail delivery

The U.S. Postal Service has suspended mail delivery for Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota on Wednesday. Postal operations are also being suspended in Iowa, western Wisconsin and western Illinois. Retail operations at local offices will be available, but may be limited.

There will be no mail pickup from businesses or collection boxes. There also won't be residential or commercial package pick-up services.

2. Schools closed

Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo public school districts cancelled classes for Tuesday and Wednesday, as did North Dakota State University, Concordia College, Minnesota State University Moorhead and the Moorhead campus of Minnesota State Community and Technical College. Extracurricular activities are called off, as well.

A pedestrian walks in 25-below weather in downtown Fargo on Tuesday, Jan. 29. David Samson / The Forum
A pedestrian walks in 25-below weather in downtown Fargo on Tuesday, Jan. 29. David Samson / The ForumDavid Samson / The Forum

3. City, county offices shut down

Fargo and West Fargo closed city offices and related departments, including libraries. Bus services were also suspended. Snowplowing services will continue and public safety agencies will be in full operation.

In Fargo, residential trash and recycling collection was cancelled Wednesday, and the Fargo Sanitary Landfill and Household Hazardous Waste Facility will be closed Wednesday. Residents who normally have trash or recycling collected on Wednesday will have those items collected on Thursday. The scheduled Thursday and Friday collections will occur as usual.

In West Fargo, City Hall and the police station lobby will be closed, as will the library, public works, the sanitation department and transfer station. There will be no sanitation services Wednesday. Weather permitting, garbage originally scheduled for Wednesday collection will instead be collected Thursday, along with Thursday’s garbage.

Cass County government buildings and Fargo Cass Public Health will be closed Wednesday.

Clay County and the city of Moorhead did not make announcements about weather-related closures.

4. Airport and road travel impacted

All flights at Fargo’s Hector International Airport were cancelled Tuesday due to the cold and an inability to de-ice planes. The North Dakota Department of Transportation on Tuesday morning issued a travel alert for the Fargo area and a no-travel advisory for the Grand Forks region. The department has since lifted the no-travel advisory for Grand Forks.

Visibility is low Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 29, on South University Drive in Fargo, due to very low temperatures and rising winds suspending ice crystals. The wind chill of minus 54 degrees at the time will be very similar to Wednesday morning. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor
Visibility is low Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 29, on South University Drive in Fargo, due to very low temperatures and rising winds suspending ice crystals. The wind chill of minus 54 degrees at the time will be very similar to Wednesday morning. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo EditorMichael Vosburg

5. Health clinics shuttered

Sanford Health closed all Fargo metro and regional primary care clinics on Wednesday. This includes all clinics in eastern North Dakota and western Minnesota. Sanford's urgent care clinics that offer walk-in care for adults will remain open. Sanford Children's urgent care clinic in Fargo will be closed.

Some specialty clinics and services will remain open. Sanford will be contacting these patients, or patients can call ahead to confirm. All Sanford support services offices will be closed. Community classes and seminars may also be cancelled.

Essentia Health also reported a number of closures, including clinics such as the walk-in clinic at 1100 19th Ave. N. in Fargo.

6. Malls affected

A telltale sign of severe weather in Fargo is when the West Acres Shopping Center closes. West Acres and the Moorhead Center Mall closed Tuesday. Individual stores will have the option to decide whether to open Wednesday.

For a full list of closures, visit https://www.inforum.com/severe-weather.

Sundogs frame the Sts. Anne & Joachim Catholic Church in south Fargo on Tuesday, Jan. 29. David Samson / The Forum
Sundogs frame the Sts. Anne & Joachim Catholic Church in south Fargo on Tuesday, Jan. 29. David Samson / The ForumDavid Samson / The Forum