Blizzard warnings issued in North Dakota



...BLIZZARD WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM CST MONDAY... * WHAT...Blizzard conditions. Additional snow accumulations of 5 to 8 inches and a glaze of ice. Winds gusting as high as 45 mph. Visibilities of less than a quarter mile, especially in open country. * WHERE...Portions of east central and southeast North Dakota and from Crookston to Breckenridge Minnesota. * WHEN...Until 6 AM CST Monday. * IMPACTS...Travel will be very difficult to impossible. Widespread blowing snow will significantly reduce the visibility. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... Travel should be restricted to emergencies only. If you must travel, have a winter survival kit with you. If you get stranded, stay with your vehicle. The latest road conditions for North Dakota can be found at dot.nd.gov/travel and for Minnesota at 511mn.org, or by calling 5 1 1 in either state.

"Today is when the main storm arrives as it moves north into central Minnesota by late this afternoon and stalls out tonight. Snow, heavy at times will continue over the central and southern Red River valley and southeastern North Dakota with snow spreading north into the Lake of the Woods region. Snowfall will be heaviest mid morning thru this evening and winds will increase from the north over eastern North Dakota with white out conditions especially in open country. Freezing rain will mix with the snow over parts of west central and north central Minnesota from around Bemidji southward. Icing in this area may be enough to cause power outages. Light snow will linger into Monday, with additional accumulations possible especially in north central and central Minnesota. Travel will be difficult. The northwestern edge of the snow will run near a Langdon to Leeds line and in this area snowfall amounts are more uncertain." -NWS Grand Forks, ND

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