The National Weather Service is forecasting a “crippling” blizzard hitting much of North Dakota will begin Wednesday, March 13 into Thursday, March 14. A blizzard warning is in effect for the North Dakota counties of Cass, Ransom, Sargent and Richland. beginning at 7 p.m. Wednesday and running through 1 a.m. Friday, March 15.
The Red River Valley will begin seeing rain Wednesday afternoon, which will shift to snow Thursday. The Twin Towns Area is on the border of the 6-12 inch snowfall range and less than 6-inch range.
The powerful storm will bring impacts not seen in some time, the National Weather Service reports. Ice accumulations of up to one-tenth of an inch are possible.
Expect very strong winds Wednesday night through Thursday, with gusts 50 to 60 mph possible.Heavy snow, wintry mix/ice, heavy rain and blizzard conditions are all expected depending on the location.
The exact details remain unclear regarding rain/snow/freezing rain transition zone, NWS states.
Rain from the system will not start river flooding process but could lead to street flooding. Citizens are advised to anticipate ponding runoff as frozen ground and blocked drains prevent rain from draining. Drivers are advised not to drive through flooded areas.
Wet and heavy snow may lead to possible structure collapses.
Travel will be extremely impacted, and winter survival kits should be included in all vehicles. Expect significant snowfall, icy conditions, street flooding and power outages.
This weather event is forecast to be long duration and could likely be the strongest storm of the season.
To view a video of the forecast, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGsrcTrRrU4&feature=youtu.be/.