At the time of this article, winds are gusting to over 60 miles per hour in Bismarck Mandan, and we have sustained winds at over 40 miles per hour.  I'm looking at my truck in the parking lot, and it's literally rocking it back and forth.  That's a lot of force to move a quarter ton pick up.  Speaking of driving, it's difficult on area highways according to area law enforcement.  Can you imagine if we had snow on the ground?  We would have a ground blizzard for sure.

According to a press release from the North Dakota Department of Transportation, the North Dakota Highway Patrol is urging all motorists to travel with care. High winds are occurring across the state. During these conditions, high-profile, long-load type, and permitted over dimensional vehicles have restricted travel. North Dakota law restricts movement for these vehicles when wind or other conditions may cause the vehicle or attachment to swerve, whip, sway, or fail to follow in the path of the towing vehicle. Federal regulations direct the operators of commercial motor vehicles (CMV) to reduce speeds when hazardous conditions such as snow, ice, sleet, fog, mist, rain, dust or smoke adversely affect visibility or traction. These same regulations direct CMV drivers to cease operations altogether if conditions become sufficiently dangerous.

The High Wind Warning remains in effect until 6 am Friday morning for most of central and western North Dakota.  Eastern North Dakota and western Minnesota is in a Winter Weather Advisory.  Blizzard Warnings are posted for central Minnesota and northeast South Dakota.



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