BLIZZARD TAKES AIM AT THE DAKOTAS, MONTANA
It was a white — but slick and messy — Christmas for the northern Plains and some Western states.
Most of the Dakotas and southwest Minnesota were an “icy, slippery mess” because of freezing rain Sunday morning that changed into snow when temperatures fell, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Greg Gust in Grand Forks, N.D.
His advice to holiday travelers: “Stay put.”
“Between the ice and snow, and winds howling like crazy, there will be nothing moving” until late afternoon Monday, he said. “Then it’s dig-out time.”
A blizzard warning was in effect for most of North Dakota, western South Dakota and a small section of eastern Montana through Monday, with expected snow totals of 8 to 15 inches and winds up to 55 mph.
Up to a one-half an inch of ice could accumulate in central Minnesota, and the weather service has said anyone who “must travel” should have an extra flashlight, food and water.
Rain and possible storms were due to move through parts of Kansas, Missouri, Texas, Oklahoma and Nebraska on Sunday.