Deadly Cold On Its Way - - Bismarck/Minot/Williston/Dickinson-KXNEWS,ND

Deadly Cold On Its Way


It's time to bundle up for a deep freeze...

We're now one day away from what's being called "deadly cold" that's forecast to sweep across the state.

Meteorologists say it's a cold low pressure system also known as a polar vortex.

It's already been a cold start to the weekend.

Although it was raining in much of our viewing area yesterday--the freezing temperatures quickly turned many roads into what felt like driving on a skating rink..

Bismarck police say in town they had 30 weather-related crash reports.

They typically average about 20 accidents a day during the winter season.

Roads are still slick and will mostly likely continue to stay that way as the extreme cold approaches.

So again, authorities say it's best for everyone--even those living in town-- to just stay home.

"Obviously if it's 40 below and 60 below wind chills out we're advising people to, you know, don't leave your house unless you have to. If you can hold off on getting groceries or if you can hold off without the necessities, don't go on the road because there's no need to leave the house if it doesn't warrant an emergency," says Lance Allerdings, Police Officer.

Meteorologists say this will be the coldest wind chills North Dakota has experienced in years.

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