As winter weather continues to approach the area, the National Weather Service office in Grand Forks has issued a blizzard warning for parts of the area. The warning begins at 10 a.m. on Friday, and lasts through 1 p.m. on Saturday.
The warning is posted for Nelson, Griggs and Western Walsh County, including Lakota, McVille, Aneta, Tolna, Cooperstown, Edinburg, Adams and Lakota.
According to the National Weather Service, for this entire event, one to three feet of snow is expected, with locally higher amounts. Although wind speeds will be gusty this afternoon and tonight, 40 to 60 mph winds will occur Friday into Saturday, which will result in whiteout conditions and large, impassable drifts.
Several days of impossible travel are possible with this storm. Disruptions to travel will last through at least the weekend. Localized power outages are possible, along with tree and structural damage from the heavy snow load. Disruptions to agricultural and livestock activities are also anticipated.
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.