Blizzard conditions are expected Monday across portions of North Dakota, South Dakota and west central Minnesota. A blizzard warning is in effect for these areas from noon on Monday until midnight Monday night. Winds gusting to 55 mph will cause whiteout conditions from falling and blowing snow. Significant drifting is likely and travel may be extremely dangerous with blizzard conditions expected.
A Blizzard Warning is issued when the following conditions are expected to occur for at least 3 hours:Sustained winds of 35 mph or greater, and considerable falling and/or drifting snow with visibilities frequently less than 1/4 mile.
From the NWS:
“A Blizzard Warning means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Falling and blowing snow with strong winds and poor visibilities are likely. This will lead to whiteout conditions, making travel extremely dangerous. Do not travel. If you must travel, have a winter survival kit with you. If you get stranded, stay with your vehicle. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.”
Before you head out in winter conditions it is highly recommended that you prepare your car or truck for winter travel. A well-equipped vehicle has adequate tires, tire chains, tow rope, sand or cat litter for traction, shovel, tool kit, windshield scraper and brush, battery cables, first aid kit, flashlight, extra batteries, blankets and/or sleeping bags, extra clothing, candles, water-proof matches, jug of water, high calorie packaged food for quick energy, and an empty can to melt snow for drinking.