Bismarck’s Blizzard Shuts Kirkwood Mall Down
We all heard it was coming but of course, most North Dakotans are pretty savvy when it comes to the weather
We've had blizzard warnings before, only to see them just miss hitting us when the winds shift direction. Reports of school closures all around Bismarck started rolling in late yesterday afternoon. Last night after work I stopped by Dan's Supermarket, and there were a billion other people who had the same idea I had, it felt like it was the last day on earth. I get it though, people want to be prepared in case they are stuck at home for a couple of days.
The true test of a strong winter is who stays open through all of it?
The forecast from accuweather.com spells it out pretty clearly:
...BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM CDT/6 PM MDT/THURSDAY
WHAT: Heavy Snow and blizzard conditions expected.Total snow accumulations between 12 and 24 inches, with locally higher amounts up to 30 inches possible. Winds gusting as high as 50 mph.
WHERE: Portions of west central and south central North Dakota
WHEN: Until 7 PM CDT/6 PM MDT/ Thursday
So the big question is who stays open during this?
The hub of Bismarck closed down early today
Kirkwood Mall to me is like the hub of Bismarck. This morning a media alert was sent out: KIRKWOOD MALL CLOSING AT 12:00 PM TODAY. Here is part of what Mikalah Auer, marketing director released "..We will continue to monitor the weather to determine an opening status for tomorrow" So for now it's "Only time ( and Mother Nature ) will tell"