Blizzard expected to cause whiteout in parts of Dakotas and Minnesota, make travel dangerous

  • Article by: BLAKE NICHOLSON , Associated Press
  • Updated: January 15, 2014 - 7:36 PM

BISMARCK, N.D. — A storm sweeping in from western Canada is expected to create dangerous blizzard conditions in the eastern Dakotas and western Minnesota, forecasters said Wednesday.

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tikipupJan. 15, 1412:08 PM

Snow....ok, cold.....ok. Snow,cold, and wind.....never ok.

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varthlokkurJan. 15, 1412:15 PM

Minneapolis needs a nice blizzard to make winter complete.

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davehougJan. 15, 1412:40 PM

It is not a real blizzard unless there is plenty of wind. Kudos to whoever invented the snowblower.

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worflarJan. 15, 14 2:57 PM

I don't believe that is the correct use of the word "prone". I think she meant "bound to happen". But in any case, meteorologists have to take some chill pills because they are whipping up panic in everyone with these OMG predictions. There is no way that wind can blow ice-covered half melted and then re-frozen snow around unless it is hurricane strength.

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mockingyouJan. 15, 14 5:43 PM

worflar, can't tell if you are serious or not. if so, "prone prōn/ adjective 1. likely to or liable to experience something, typically something regrettable or unwelcome."

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tmauelJan. 15, 1410:30 PM

worflar Several years ago there was a storm in NW Minnesota with just a few inches of snow but very high winds and cold. Because there was very little snow there was almost no warning from weather reports. A young woman from Minnesota headed for North Dakota got caught in the blizzard and froze to death.

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thefalconJan. 16, 14 2:31 AM

Storm of the century. Then again arent they all these days with the media.

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swmnguyJan. 16, 14 8:08 AM

The first winter I spent in Minneapolis after moving away from prairie farm country, I was struck by how we didn't have wind or drifting in the city. Out there where there are few trees and buildings, it doesn't matter if it snows or not on a given day. If the wind kicks up, you can be whited out and not be able to go anywhere. Roads drift shut on a blue-sky day, and if you put your car in the ditch due to not being able to tell where the road ends or see much past the hood of your car, it's enough of a blizzard for you right then. They might find you within 50 feet of your car if you try to walk for help. I've never met anyone not from the rural northern plains who understood that.

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