At 6:48 p.m. CST Monday, the National Weather Service office in Bismark, North Dakota issued an urgent Blizzard Warning for much of western and central North Dakota, as well as far eastern portions of Montana.
According to the weather service, residents in the region can expect blizzard conditions, including northwest wind gusts of 50 m.p.h. and falling snow.
The combination of falling snow and snow already on the ground being swept with 50 mph winds will cause zero visibilities, according to the weather service.
“Some roads may become blocked due to blowing snow – conditions will not improve until Tuesday evening.
Meteorologists are forecasting heavy snowfall, between 10-13 inches accumulating over parts of north central North Dakota into the James River Valley.
Other areas of the two states can expect between 5 and 9 inches of snow.
“Travel will be dangerous, if not impossible — especially in rural areas. If you must travel, carry a winter survival kit in your vehicle and check the latest weather and road conditions before heading out,” advised the National Weather Service.
In addition to creating zero visibilities, the 50 mph wind gusts will also result in incredibly dangerous wind chill temperatures — reaching as low -20F Tuesday.
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