The National Weather Service in Grand Forks, North Dakota has issued a Blizzard Warning for Crookston and the area until 1:00 p.m. Saturday afternoon. The warning includes the cities of Crookston, East Grand Forks, Ada, Twin Valley, Halstad, Moorhead, Mayville, Hillsboro, Hatton, Portland, and Fargo.
WHAT…Blizzard conditions. For this entire event, snow totals of 5 to 10 inches. Winds gusting as high as 50 mph with whiteout conditions possible in open areas.
WHERE…In Minnesota, West Polk, Norman and Clay Counties. In North Dakota, Traill and Cass Counties.
IMPACTS…Several days of difficult travel. Disruptions to travel will last through at least the weekend. Localized power outages. Tree and structural damage from the heavy snow load. Disruptions to agricultural and livestock activities.
ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Snowplows are having a hard time plowing the wet, heavy snow. Ditches are full of water in many locations, adding an additional danger for persons trying to travel.
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.