Historic 2022 Snowstorm/Blizzard!

Front door of a home after the April blizzard in Stanley, NDPhoto: NOAA / NWS Bismarck, ND

Just think...1 week ago today the grocery store shelves were beginning to empty, folks were digging snowblowers back out of storage, businesses were making plans to have employees work remotely & we were holding our breath to see what the impending storm/blizzard would bring to North Dakota. Days later we would be buried under almost 22" of snow in Bismarck-Mandan area & almost 40" in Minot...a historic event indeed!

Now that we are through this historic event, the National Weather Service in Bismarck, put together a summary of the storm. Here is the overview plus click HERE for a variety of information on the April 2022 Blizzard!

A significant winter storm brought widespread blizzard conditions to western and central North Dakota from April 12th through April 14th, 2022.

Snow began in southwestern North Dakota early in the morning on Tuesday, April 12th, and quickly expanded into central North Dakota during the morning hours, then gradually into northern North Dakota through the rest of the day. Conditions deteriorated rapidly due to heavy snow and high winds, with a No Travel Advisory issued by the NDDOT by late morning for much of the southwest and south central. At 5 PM on Tuesday, Interstate 94 was closed from the Montana state line to Jamestown. Many roads were difficult to impossible to travel on due to blowing and drifting snow. 

Heavy snowfall rates continued Wednesday, and winds shifted to the northwest with many gusts reported around 60 mph. Blowing and drifting snow remained a significant problem.

Overall snowfall was 1 to 3 feet, with drifts exceeding 8 feet!

While the NWS continue to analyze the data, check back here for updates

(above story credited to the National Weather Service Bismarck)

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