Multiple highway closures are still in place after a record breaking blizzard hit North Dakota earlier this week.
More than two feet of snow fell across western and central North Dakota over the last 48 hours and has since slowed, but the inclement weather and poor driving conditions are not over yet. Wind is expected to blow through the area on Thursday, April 14th, causing poor driving conditions as the freshly fallen snow is whipped back up again, reducing visibility.
“As the snowfall begins to decline, the wind will be our big challenge for today. The crews are out and appreciate your patience while they work against it to get the roads cleared,” the North Dakota Department of Transportation said Thursday morning.
“Oversize travel is not looking good today. Let’s give those snow plow drivers space to get their work done. Hoping to see a nice clean map tomorrow.”
As of Thursday, Interstate 94 was closed from Jamestown to the Montana border, and Highway 2 was closed for 240 miles from Devils Lake to Williston. Highway 83 is shut down as well from north of Minot to Bismarck.
Bring Me The News Minnesota reports that this is the strongest blizzard in the area since 1997.
More light snow accumulations are expected in eastern North Dakota and parts of Minnesota on Thursday before the storm finally moves out of the area by Friday.