Statement as of 4:03 AM CST on December 13, 2008
... Blizzard Warning in effect from 6 PM this evening to 6 am CST
The National Weather Service in Grand Forks has issued a Blizzard
Warning... which is in effect from 6 PM this evening to 6 am CST
Monday. The blizzard watch is no longer in effect.
Light snow will develop today mainly over northern North Dakota
into far northwest Minnesota. Snow will become more widespread and
heavier tonight into Sunday with the snow ending Sunday night or
early Monday. Temperatures will be dangerously cold during this
event with temperatures falling to below zero in most areas
tonight and remaining below zero on Sunday. Winds will be
northeast and increase to 25 to 35 mph tonight and become
northerly at 25 to 40 mph with higher gusts on Sunday. These wind
combined with temperatures will produce wind chills in the 25 to
40 below zero range Sunday. Total snowfall from this event will be
in the 6 to 8 inch range with locally higher amounts
Visibilities overnight into Sunday night will be very poor with
near zero visibilities likely in open country and even greatly
reduced visibilities inside the cities.
The snow in combination with the cold will make it very dangerous
for travel. This storm has the potential to be life threatening
if you are caught outdoors in it. Take the proper precautions now
to prepare for this major winter storm... and delay travel plans if
A Blizzard Warning means severe winter weather conditions are
expected or occurring. Falling and blowing snow with strong winds
and poor visibilities are likely. This will lead to whiteout
conditions... making travel extremely dangerous. Do not travel. If
you must travel... have a winter survival kit with you. If you get
stranded... stay with your vehicle.
After Mary read this she told me: "Joe, I'd feel better having the baby at home than in a ditch in the middle of a blizzard trying to get to the hospital."