A major blizzard continues to impact the northern parts of the United States and Midwest. This prompted road closures early Friday morning such as I-29 in South Dakota and I-90 from Rapid City, SD to Sioux Falls, SD.
As of 9pm CDT, major Interstate 29 from the Manitoba border all the way to Sioux Falls, SD is closed for business until further notice.
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE National Weather Service Grand Forks ND 717 PM CDT Thu Apr 11 2019
...BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1 PM CDT FRIDAY... * WHAT...Blizzard conditions. Additional snow accumulations of 4 to 8 inches. Winds gusting as high as 40 mph. * WHERE...Portions of west central Minnesota and southeast North Dakota. * WHEN...Until 1 PM CDT Friday.
On top of blizzard conditions, which are occuring during the spring thaw, flood warnings have been issued for the Red River Valley in North Dakota:
Flood Statement National Weather Service Eastern North Dakota/Grand Forks ND 1010 AM CDT Thu Apr 11 2019 ...The flood warning continues for these river locations in Minnesota...North Dakota... * Wahpeton...on the Red River ...in Wilkin and Richland Counties * Hickson...on the Red River ...in Cass County * Fargo...on the Red River ...in Clay and Cass Counties * Halstad...on the Red River ...in Norman and Traill Counties * East Grand Forks...on the Red River ...in Polk and Grand Forks Counties * Oslo...on the Red River ...in Marshall...Polk...Grand Forks and Walsh Counties * Drayton...on the Red River ...in Kittson...Marshall...Pembina and Walsh Counties * Pembina...on the Red River ...in Kittson and Pembina Counties * Abercrombie...on the Wild Rice River (ND) ...in Richland County . On the mainstem Red River river from Halstad is cresting while Fargo-Moorhead and south are falling. Grand Forks and north river levels continue to rise. The crest at Grand Forks is expected to occur this weekend. New snow will allow for additional snowmelt to enter the river system next week. This will allow for potential river rises, mainly in the southern Red River Valley, leading to secondary crests below the level of the crests that have already occurred. Fluctuations in stage still possible in parts of the northern Red River Valley as some ice is still moving through the area. This forecast is for a 7-day period...the highest stage indicated may not reflect the crest for this event. Forecasts are updated daily and stage values will change as new weather and river information is used. River forecasts use 24 hours of forecast precipitation between April 1st and October 1st, and 48 hours otherwise. However, depending on the situation, they may include precipitation expected through the next 72 hours. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... Safety message...turn around, don`t drown... - Don`t travel through flooded areas! - Persons in the warned area need to take steps to protect life and property. If necessary, move to a higher and safer location. - Persons living in the Red River Basin should monitor river levels while the river is in, or near, flood.