(KXNET) — The latest updates throughout the day from the KX Storm Team for the upcoming April blizzard:
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APRIL 5 – 12:30 p.m.
APRIL 5 – 11:40 a.m.
Here are some of the area’s snow reports from yesterday and last night’s system. We will continue to update everyone as more total reports come in this afternoon.
APRIL 5 – 6:45 a.m.
As the April winter storm mainly bedevils the eastern part of the state, major highways are, at worst, closed, and, at best, icy and snow-covered. According to the North Dakota Department of Transportation, I-94 from Bismarck to Fargo is closed right now, while I-94 from Bismarck to Dickinson carries a “no travel advised” warning.
U.S. 83 from Bismarck to Washburn also carries a “no travel advised” warning, while Washburn to Minot on U.S. 83 is ice covered and slippery.
I-29 is closed, South Dakota to Canada.
At this hour, no oversize loads are allowed on North Dakota Highways.
While the snow has stopped falling in many areas in western North Dakota, blowing and drifting snow remains an issue. According to the KX Storm Team, winds will be an issue for today, with gusts up to 45 and 55 miles per hour driving the loose snow around.
The storm system does move out of the state by late Thursday-early Friday. And the weekend looks positively spring-like, with temperatures in the 40s and 50s, so relief is in sight.
APRIL 4 – 4:25 p.m.
APRIL 4 – 1:00 p.m.
IT’S TRENDING EAST!!! More and more of the data is indicating the storm tracking a little bit east of projections. In fact, several counties in southwestern ND have been taken out of the Blizzard Warning. So with this easterly trend, the strongest winds will be a bit further east as well. I expect the strongest wind later on tonight and tomorrow. As of right now, it still appears Bismarck will break the total snowfall record we all have been watching, but I’m not so sure there will be a lot of room for error. There will still be widespread blowing and drifting snow mainly east of US 83 but points to the west will still have strong wind and lighter snow. Considering it’s this late in the season and we all are looking forward to spring many of us will be happy to shovel or snow blow less snow.
APRIL 4 – 7:30 a.m.
The satellite and radar are starting to show areas of moderate to heavy snowfall entering the southeastern portion of the state. Light snow within the southcentral. Snowfall will continue to expand into much of the southern areas of the state throughout the morning hours and will impact much of the state through the afternoon and tonight.
APRIL 4 – 6:15 a.m.
APRIL 4 – 5:22 a.m.
APRIL 3 – 9:40 p.m.
APRIL 3 – 7:30 p.m.
Watch Tom’s Facebook Live from 7 p.m. as he answers all of your questions about the winter storm:
APRIL 3 – 5:25 p.m.
APRIL 3 – 4:25 p.m.
APRIL 3 – 3:55 p.m.
From Meteorologist Amy Metz: Blizzard Conditions Tuesday Through Thursday
APRIL 3 – 1:10 p.m.
APRIL 3 – 1:00 p.m.
Several more counties have been added to the Blizzard Warning recently. This will be a very high-impact blizzard with heavy snow and wind gusting to around 60 mph at times. This will create near-impossible, if not impossible travel conditions across much of the state. Snow amounts will likely be in the double digits except for the far western counties. The reason for the uncertainty is we’re trying to correctly predict the track of a major storm that hasn’t even developed yet. It is actually in the very early stages of development and a slight change in the track of the storm could mean the difference in Minot getting 4 inches…or 14 inches. Really! It appears quite certain the southcentral including Bismarck will really get nailed with heavy snow …possibly a little on either side of a foot of snow and extreme wind.
APRIL 3 – 12:20 p.m.
APRIL 3 – 8:00 a.m.
A Blizzard Warning has been issued for the counties shown below until 12 AM CDT. Threats include between 4 and 12 inches of snow to the West and between 10 and 20 inches to the East. Wind Gusts up to 60 mph. Travel will be very difficult to impossible.
APRIL 3 – 6:30 a.m.