U.S. weather takes yet another bizarre turn- blizzard warnings issued for North Dakota

April 30, 2011FARGO, ND — Yes, it is almost May but the National Weather Service has said a blizzard warning is in effect for western and portions of central North Dakota Friday through Saturday evening….strengthening low pressure will remain over North Dakota through Saturday evening. Mixed precipitation over western North Dakota will become all snow after sunset…while rain showers and isolated. Thunderstorms across central North Dakota will transition to snow showers later tonight. Northwest winds will increase to 50 mph in western North Dakota after midnight. The combination of heavy snowfall and strong winds will create near zero visibilities. High winds and blizzard conditions are expected to move east into central North Dakota by Saturday afternoon. Travel will become increasingly hazardous from west to east through Saturday evening. Storm total snowfall amounts should range from 6 to 9 inches in garrison…Minot…and Bottineau. Snow amounts of 3 to 6 inches are expected in Williston…Dickinson…Bismarck…and Harvey. –National Weather Service
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19 Responses to U.S. weather takes yet another bizarre turn- blizzard warnings issued for North Dakota

  1. Michael says:

    There is no such thing as a predicted Season anymore


  2. Kelly says:

    Yes, I live north of Minot across the 49th and we have a Winter Storm Warning. Expecting 6-10 inches of snow. It is really blowing and raining right now, but due to turn to the white stuff soon.

    Oh well, all you can do is roll with it.

    The worst part of this is that the added moisture is not needed with all of the flooding that is currently going on in the Dakota’s, southern Saskatchewan and southern Manitoba. I am thankful that we live in the highest country in the area and have no concerns personally with the flooding.


    • A_lad says:

      I like what you said Kelly ” Roll with it “. So true just kick back and find a way to enjoy the ride.

      It’s like the abnormal changes are becoming the norm. Very weird!


      • Brave Helios says:

        This really not all that unusual for North Dakota. When visiting Bismarck in 2009 around mid JUNE, there were snowflakes sighted. This part of the country has long been used to wide weather swings- 40 degrees at night up to 100 degree during the day has happened, friends grew up there.


    • jamie says:

      Hello, Kelly! Is this normal weather for ND in late April?


  3. Kate says:

    Wow that is bizarre. May starts on Sunday and where I live we have been in the 80s though we have gotten those thunderstorms. However I was also thinking what Kelly said about the moisture adding to the flooding problem. They already said the South will deal with flooding after those horrible storms. Its so sad looking at the pictures of what happened in the SouthEast it looks like a war zone. My hearts go out to those because I know the Snow is going to cause more problems.

    My thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by any of the natural disasters hitting the US at the moment, but also let me not forget to say that those around the world being affected are also in my prayers.

    God Bless


  4. Penny says:

    Snow? its almost May?!!!!


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  6. APAK says:

    I live in Alaska and I’m thankful all the snow is just about melted away in my neck of the woods. We had rainfall this week.


  7. shane says:

    So what’s causing the jetstream to do this ? Is it earths weakening magnectic field? The gulf oil spill -which some believe stalled the gulf stream, solar output ? Or dare I say planet X ?(Not sold on me yet )


    • Magnetic field deterioation is perhaps the biggest contributing factor. None of these processes on Earth has anything to do with a fictious planet. We’re doing nothing but breeding disblief among so many more who could be awakened by what’s going on around them by blamming everything on the boogie man.


  8. Laura says:

    Well here in Salt Lake City, Utah… they predicted that 1-2 inches of snow would fall overnight. Woke up to a foot of snow on the ground!


  9. I live in Winnipeg and winter in May is normal. Our weather has always been extreme.


  10. Kelly says:

    I actually am north of the 49th in SW Manitoba. Our power just came back on and was out for about 17 hours. The winds are howling and it is snowing, a complete white out most of the time. Thought I would post right now because I expect the power will go out again, it has been out over much of SW Manitoba all day.

    Getting snow in April and May is not unusual in Manitoba or North Dakota but they are usually flurries that don’t amount to much and melt off very quickly. This storm is probably the worst we have had at this time of year since the mid 70’s. There are places where the snow drifts are several feet deep already and this is not going to calm down until early Sunday morning.

    Oh well, that is why the traditional time to plant your garden is the May 24th long weekend. 🙂

    I just fed the calves and I am going to throw some wood on the fire and have a glass of good single malt. Life is good.


  11. markosity1973 says:

    These weather events are probably the biggest danger humanity faces in the immediate future. If the climate doesn’t settle down and allow for crops to grow, how will we feed ourselves?


  12. Kelly says:

    markosity1973……………. I completely agree. We are seeing weather events that are hammering away at our ability to produce food, crops and livestock. Drought, floods, cold, shortened growing seasons……….. one thing after another. It is all coming to a head and just as Alvin says, we are just getting into it.

    Things are going to get really ugly. I have been watching it come for some time and most people seem to be oblivious as to what is happening. As usual it will mean they do not get the picture until they are hit right between the eyes.


  13. markosity1973 says:

    I am sure there is a post on this website about food shortages already. They are actually here right now. Here is an article from SBS Australia noting that Australia for all it’s massive size imported more food than it has exported in 2009. Admittedly it was due to record drought conditions, but the droughts have been replaced by floods and cyclones for 2010. Who knows what the 2011 season will bring for the southern hemisphere growing season, but the northern hemisphere looks to be off to a shaky start. We really are on a knife’s edge at the moment.


    • Pagan says:

      Much of the Australian continent is not sustainable for growing crops. Never has been. The drought you are referring to was a very long & bitter one & the breaking of it hasnt been kind either. There are absolutely no food shortages here in Australia, this country is as wealthy & productive as it has always been – probably even more so due to an extremely weak US dollar. Importing is not indicitive of a food emergency, it’s quite commonplace & IMO quite sensible -also our farmers have already cleared & replanted. The only real issue concerning food is certain crops ( grown in areas where floods & cyclones have battered) are quite expensive at the moment. I think out of most countries, Australia will fare quite well – we are not overloaded population wise.


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