February 2, 2009

Intense winter storm slams northwest with fog, rain and heavy snow

Intense winter storm slams northwest with fog, rain and heavy snow

By MARVIN BAKER
Yet another winter storm has brought northwestern North Dakota to a standstill, stalling traffic, closing schools and stranding livestock and wildlife.
And in one case, U.S. Highway 2 was closed Tuesday between Williston and Ray because of heavy snow accumulation on the roadway.
A winter storm warning remained in effect through 6 a.m. Wednesday in Mountrail County primarily because of gusty winds accompanied by lingering flurries from an intense system that brought copious amounts of moisture from the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific Ocean, pushing it up to the northern Great Plains.
According to National Weather Service Meteorologist Bill Abeling, an intense low pressure system was sitting over the Red River Valley Tuesday afternoon keeping precipitation from moving north and east. Abeling said Tuesday the storm was weakening but wasn’t in any hurry to move toward the Great Lakes and Ontario.
“We knew there would be two waves to this storm,” Abeling said. “And that’s what pulled so much moisture up from the gulf.”
 


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