Bismarck set an all-time record today for most snowfall in a 24 hour period. It got 9.5 inches of snow breaking the old record snowfall of 7 inches set more than a century ago.
With blowing snow and slippery ice, it’s becoming more of a struggle to not only get out of the house but to avoid getting stuck in ditches or on the side of the road.
For many residents it’s the worst weather they have seen for this time of year.
“We will get cold in December and January for like two or three days at a time and then it gets warmer again for a little bit in the 20s. This year we ain’t see none of it,” said Tim Steinwand, North Dakota resident.
Some residents aren’t phased by it.
“Western North Dakota is not near as bad as the eastern side where I am from. I am getting tired of it and at 77 years old, I should not be out here shoveling snow but nobody ever accused me of being smart,” said Jon Wall, North Dakota resident.
The City of Bismarck Roads and Streets crews are working 2- 12-hour shifts to clear roads. First, they are working on emergency routes and arterial streets and then residential areas.
There are 16 pieces of snow removal equipment are in use, one being snow gates.
Due to a large amount of snow, most likely they will have to make two rounds to clear roads.
The snow isn’t going anywhere anytime soon but people are trying to look on the bright side.
“It’s North Dakota you expect anything, said Keith Meeves, North Dakota resident.
The City of Bismarck has 362 centerline miles and roads to maintain.