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Holiday Travel (updated)

Holiday Travel (updated)

Dec 28, 2013 at 11:30 am

North Dakota Triple-A officials estiamted 94.5 million people will travel over the upcoming holidays.   Year-end holiday travel is expected to increase for the fifth consecutive year, reaching a new high since data has been collected by AAA.  Ninety-one percent of travelers or 85.8 million to travel by automobile, an increase of 0.9 percent.

 ...BLIZZARD WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM CST THIS EVENING... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GRAND FORKS HAS ISSUED A BLIZZARD WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM CST THIS EVENING. THE WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT. * TIMING...STRONG NORTH WINDS HAVE DEVELOPED...AND WILL CONTINUE INTO THE EVENING HOURS...CREATING BLIZZARD CONDITIONS. * WINDS...NORTH WINDS 30 TO 40 WITH GUSTS TO 50 MPH. * VISIBILITIES...WHITEOUT CONDITIONS...ESPECIALLY IN OPEN COUNTRY. * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...1 TO 2 INCHES * WIND CHILL VALUES...DANGEROUS WIND CHILLS FROM 30 TO 40 BELOW ZERO WILL DEVELOP LATER THIS AFTERNOON AND CONTINUE INTO SUNDAY MORNING...LIKELY BECOMING COLDER THAN 40 BELOW ZERO. * OTHER IMPACTS...AREAS OF FREEZING DRIZZLE HAVE OCCURRED. THIS HAS CREATED VERY ICY ROADS. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A BLIZZARD WARNING MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. FALLING AND BLOWING SNOW WITH STRONG WINDS AND POOR VISIBILITIES ARE LIKELY. THIS WILL LEAD TO WHITEOUT CONDITIONS...MAKING TRAVEL EXTREMELY DANGEROUS. DO NOT TRAVEL. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL...HAVE A WINTER SURVIVAL KIT WITH YOU. IF YOU GET STRANDED...STAY WITH YOUR VEHICLE.

 

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