Weather Is Nasty. Travel Safe Today ND
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news North Dakota, but old man winter is here and he is not letting up either. Traveling into Mandan this morning we encountered drifts, blowing snow, and ice patches. Thankful for four-wheel drive and thankful for the crews working non-stop all night to try to keep the main roads cleared. Currently Bismarck Mandan and surrounding communities is in a winter weather advisory from NWS, released at 3:13amCST; "Plan on slippery road conditions. Widespread blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. The hazardous conditions will impact the Thursday morning and evening commutes."
No matter where you are heading today, tomorrow; be sure you are giving yourself extra time. Common sense and being prepared seems to be the theme again this week. If you have not put a winter survival kit in your vehicle, time to not second think it or tell yourself, " I need to do that". Just do it. Plain and simple. Check it off the endless "To Do List." Secondly, we have multiple ways to tell folks where, when we are going somewhere. Be using those methods. Text, PM, DM, or call; regardless your favorite form of communication, let someone know when you leave and when you plan to arrive.
Here is where you can find the current ND DOT Road Conditions: https://travel.dot.nd.gov/
National Weather Service Updates: CLICK HERE.
Last night there were multiple reports of drifting snow, ice, snow-packed roads everywhere from interstate to in-town to highways. Remember to be parking your vehicles smartly. Snow drifts fast in or around them, as well as plows need to be able to get through in order keep the roadways cleared. Be respectful of others and practice North Dakota nice, have patience. We are all in this together.