In North Dakota, we experience quite a few winter storms. After many many years of this, the state has come up with safe and efficient ways of clearing and melting snow. But one issue not yet corrected, in this very flat state we live in, is blowing snow. On a typical day, the wind blows a steady twenty knots with guest to whatever fifty mile an hour. During a winter storm, blowing and drifting snow and cause white out conditions that make driving and almost impossible.
Pictured above is called a Ground Blizzard. This is caused by high winds and snow fall, mostly found during winter storm conditions. Because of North Dakota’s ground layout, which is mostly flat, these kinds of conditions are commonly found during the winter months. During blizzard conditions, the state closes its highways system that is most effected by the storm. This is done for safely concerns, and to save the lives of its citizens.
Always use caution when driving in these conditions. Ground blizzards and white out conditions are very common in flat areas, where drifting and blowing snow is caused by the winds. These conditions can cause accidents and death if not taken seriously. If a highway is closed, do the right thing, and stay put until the storm has passed.