Minnesota and the Dakotas got heavy snow fall and gusty winds on Thursday
In western Minnesota up to 11 inches of snow had been dumped by mid-afternoon Thursday according to meteorologist Tyler Hasenstein of the Twin Cities National Weather Service, and it was still snowing.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation and State Patrol informed that road conditions are poor across central, northern, and western Minnesota. The roads are covered with ice and snow and wind is causing even more travel difficulties, so they stated it would be best to wait for weather to improve before traveling.
Also, a no-travel advisory was issued for the eastern part of North Dakota due to icy roads and low visibility. According to officials, in Jamestown, North Dakota and in northern South Dakota visibility was also reduced because of blizzard conditions.
The National Weather Service and the North Dakota Highway Patrol issued a travel alert and blizzard warnings for central South Dakota and parts of North Dakota.
Bus service in Fargo, North Dakota, and neighboring Moorhead in Minnesota, have been suspended Thursday afternoon due to road conditions, expecting to be resumed today. Meanwhile, university campuses, courthouses, and municipal buildings across North Dakota were closed on Thursday.