Blizzard conditions projected as southwest North Dakota enters winter storm watch
Between 6-12 inches of snow accumulation and 55 mph winds anticipated by National Weather Service
DICKINSON — Nearly all of southwest North Dakota is under a winter storm watch as the National Weather Service projects a major winter storm to bring high winds and substantial snow accumulations of up to 12 inches.
The weather system could see blizzard conditions inundate the region.
Road conditions have already begun to deteriorate as the Stark County Sheriff's Office cautioned residents to slow down avoid abrupt stopping and starting.
"Freezing drizzle is affecting the condition of paved roads in Stark County," a public service announcement read. "(Roads) are getting slippery. Bridges and overpasses are also slick. Use caution when driving."
As a result of NWS weather projections, Dickinson State University has moved all classes to virtual systems for Thursday, Nov. 10. According to the university, residence halls and food service will remain open and students planning to travel home or elsewhere over Veteran’s Day weekend, are being asked to leave after their last class on Wednesday as weather and road conditions are expected to worsen significantly as the night progresses.
Dickinson State employees are authorized to work remotely on Thursday, Nov. 10, unless the employee’s supervisor determines that the employee must be on campus to provide essential services.
Should snow accumulations reach or approximate given predictions, DSU students, faculty and staff should anticipate that the facilities department will need time to remove snow from around campus sidewalks, roads and parking lots.
Dickinson Public School stated that they are monitoring the winter storm closely and preparing for school to resume as usual tomorrow. Additional communication with city and county officials may result in changes to the start time. Students are advised to bring home their learning devices and chargers in the event the school system decides to move to a virtual learning day.
Families will be notified of any changes by 6 a.m. Nov. 10.
“We want to give families as much time as possible to make accommodations, and we appreciate (their) understanding and grace,” a statement by DPS read. “We realize that closing school buildings significantly impacts our community, and we do not take these decisions lightly, but ultimately the safety of our families and staff is the top priority.”
With the onset of cold weather, The City of Dickinson notified contractors and residents of the city’s decision to enact winter shutdown. Effective Nov. 13, no permissible construction in the city right-of-way will be approved. Emergency exemptions can be approved.
The National Weather Service provides area residents with advice to prepare for the forthcoming storm, noting that residents should make their home winter ready.
“Buy needed supplies before the storm arrives. Have plans in case you lose power or are unable to leave your home,” the NWS said in a press release. “Make your vehicle weather ready, be sure to include a safety kit, cold gear and all necessities to deal with the storm.”
The NWS further advises area residents to stay up to date with the latest forecasts as the storm approaches, and to have a plan.
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