Blizzard Warning In North Dakota, Tornado Watch in Minnesota

Snow pic, courtesy: "Aude"
Snow pic, courtesy: “Aude”

March can offer some crazy weather and today, we’re getting a first-hand glimpse of just how wild things can be as the National Weather Service’s map for the midwest has more colors than “Carter’s got liver pills”!

Blizzard Warning for North Dakota: At 3:02 p.m. CST, Monday, the National Weather Service in Bismarck issued a blizzard warning for much of Northwestern and North-central North Dakota today, stating, “Snow will continue to develop across western North Dakota this afternoon, spreading into central North Dakota through the afternoon. A brief period of light rain or a wintry mix is possible in central North Dakota as precipitation begins. Strong and gusty northwest winds will continue across western and central North Dakota through the evening. The combination of northwest wind gusts to 55 mph and heavy snow will create blizzard conditions across much of north central and portions of northwest North Dakota through tonight. This includes the Bowbells, Stanley, Mohall, Minot, Bottineau, Towner, Belcourt and Rugby areas.

Total snowfall amounts of between 4 and 9 inches are possible mainly along and north of US Highway 2. Snow amounts of 1 to 3 inches are forecast to the south.

Those with travel plans today and Tuesday are reminded to keep a winter survival kit in your car and let others know of your travel plains. As always, keep up to date with the latest weather conditions and forecasts from the Bismarck National Weather

Tornado Watch for Minnesota: Just 220 miles to the southeast of the Blizzard Warning area, the National Weather Service issued a Tornado Watch for numerous localities in neighboring Minnesota all the way down into Kansans and Missouri.

According to the NWS Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, a tornado watch has been issued for portions of Central and southern Minnesota, as well as far west-central Wisconsin effective this Monday afternoon and evening from 2:45 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. CST.

The Weather Service stated that “A couple tornadoes possible, scattered damaging wind gusts to 65 mph possible isolated large hail events to 1.5 inches in diameter possible…”

“The tornado watch area is approximately along and 85 statute miles east and west of a line from 40 miles north of Saint Cloud MN to 40 miles southwest of Rochester MN.”

A Tornado Watch means conditions are favorable for tornadoes and severe thunderstorms in and close to the watch area. Persons in these areas should be on the lookout for threatening weather conditions and listen for later statements and possible warnings.

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