Monday marked Louis Riel Day in Manitoba, an annual holiday on the third Monday of February.
It was an extended long weekend for several long weekend travellers however, who were forced to stay in North Dakota an extra night.
Heavy snow and strong winds led to the closure of Interstate 29 between the Manitoba border and Grand Forks. Highway 75 north of the border was also shut down leaving motorists scrambling to find overnight accommodations.
The American Red Cross set up cots at the Alerus Center arena in Grand Forks for anyone who was unable to find a room. At least 40 travellers from Manitoba took advantage of this emergency shelter.
Highway 75 was re-opened late Monday night as well as the Trans-Canada Highway between Headingley and Portage La Prairie and the Yellowhead in western Manitoba.
With files from CNN