I watched Jonathan and Peter go out to milk this morning, and the snow is quite deep. The outside door to the basement faces the lake and we are quite secluded from the winds that are whipping out in the field. Peter is supposed to vacuum at the retreat center, and we'll see if we can even get out of the driveway. This storm isn't supposed to slow down until later tonight.
Hopefully when daylight arrives we can get some photos.
BLIZZARD CONDITIONS WILL CONTINUE TODAY. A VIGOROUS HOLIDAY STORM WILL CONTINUE IMPACTING THE DAKOTAS THIS CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY WEEKEND.
WIDESPREAD BLIZZARD CONDITIONS WILL CONTINUE THROUGH THIS AFTERNOON.
LIGHT TO MODERATE SNOW CONTINUES TO SPREAD WESTWARD INTO WEST AND CENTRAL NORTH DAKOTA, AS MOISTURE FROM THE MID ATLANTIC SURGES INTO THE NORTHERN PLAINS. VISIBILITIES RANGED BETWEEN 1/4 MILE TO OVER 1 MILE ACROSS THE REGION BECAUSE OF FALLING & BLOWING SNOW WITH WINDS OF 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 40 MPH. THIS IS IMPACTING ALL MAJOR ROADS IN CENTRAL & EASTERN NORTH DAKOTA. NO TRAVEL IS ADVISED OVER ALL BUT THE FAR NORTHWEST.
THE RESULTING BLIZZARD CONDITIONS WILL CONTINUE THROUGH THIS AFTERNOON, WITH VISIBILITIES AS LOW AS 50 FEET AT TIMES IN SOME AREAS, ESPECIALLY IN OPEN COUNTRY.
TOTAL SNOWFALL ACCUMULATIONS THROUGH TODAY ARE EXPECTED TO RANGE AS HIGH AS 18 INCHES IN THE MINOT AREA, & FROM 13 TO 16 INCHES FROM AREAS AROUND JAMESTOWN AND SOUTH, 10 TO 14 INCHES FROM ELGIN & FORT YATES TO BISMARCK AND NORTH TO HARVEY & RUGBY, 8 TO 12 INCHES FROM HETTINGER TO GARRISON TO BOTTINEAU, 5 INCHES FROM BEACH TO STANLEY TO KENMARE, & 2 TO 4 INCHES FROM WILLISTON TO BOWBELLS.
TRAVEL CONDITIONS WERE DIFFICULT IF NOT IMPOSSIBLE ACROSS MUCH OF WESTERN & CENTRAL NORTH DAKOTA THIS MORNING. PLEASE TAKE THE NECESSARY PRECAUTIONS TO PROTECT ALL LIFE & PROPERTY. MOTORISTS & HOLIDAY TRAVELERS ARE URGED TO DELAY TRAVEL AND STAY INFORMED WITH THE LATEST INFORMATION & FORECASTS AT WEATHER.GOV/BISMARCK.