Dangerous travel conditions expected in North Dakota as snowstorm moves in

Joe Mertens

The National Weather Service (NWS) has announced that a Winter Storm Warning is in effect for most of the state of North Dakota tonight.

The Winter Storm Warning will start at 6 PM and end at 9 PM CST on Friday. The eastern part of the state will be affected by the Warning, while the western side will be affected by a Winter Weather Advisory says the NWS.

The cities of Cando, Langdon, Maddock, Lakota, Cooperstown, New Rockford, Fargo, Lisbon, Jamestown, Harvey, and Mcville will be affected by the Winter Storm Warning, according to the NWS.

"Heavy snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 4 to 8 inches. Some areas may receive higher amounts," the NWS released in a statement.

"Travel could be very difficult. Areas of blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning commute," the statement also said.

Areas affected by the Winter Weather Advisory include Crosby, Ashley, Bismarck, Elgin, Mandan, Columbus, and Stanley.

In a statement regarding the areas affected by the Advisory, the NWS said, "Mixed precipitation expected. Total snow accumulations up to 3 inches with a light glaze of ice. Winds gusting as high as 45 mph on Friday."

"Roads, and especially bridges and overpasses, will likely become slick and hazardous. Plan on slippery road conditions. Areas of blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. The hazardous conditions will impact the Thursday evening and Friday morning commutes," that statement went on to say.

The NWS advises people affected by the Winter Storm Warning and Advisory to take caution while driving. Drive slower than usual and make sure there's enough space between you and the vehicles ahead and behind you.

Be sure to have extra food, water, blankets, road maps, shovels, tire chains, windshield scrapers, flashlights, and a fully charged phone in case of an emergency.

For more information, and to keep track of the storm as it progresses, click the following link to go to the National Weather Service website: https://www.weather.gov/fgf/

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