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Blizzard hits North Dakota and Manitoba

Major blizzard conditions reported in North Dakota, USA and Manitoba, Canada!

As expected, a surface low associated with the cold blast pushing across the US in the past several days produced blizzard conditions across North Dakota (USA) and Manitoba (Canada). Dangerous conditions, with intense snowfall and severe windchill hit much of both states. Winds gusting into 60-80 km/h range have been reported over much of the region. Temperatures have dropped down to -9 °C in south Manitoba and -3 °C in North Dakota, with windchill pushing into double digit negatives.

Windchill values across the North American continent this morning: note the peak values in North Dakota. Map: Meteociel.

NOAA GOES East satellite imagery showing the surface low over the northern Great plains. This system has produced heavy snowfall and blizzard conditions over the region. Also note subtropical storm Melissa to the right over the Atlantic.

GOES-East geocolor image showing the surface low now pushing across Minnesota. Heavy snowfall and blizzard conditions behind. Image: NOAA.

Whiteout, blizzard and ground blizzard conditions have been reported in many locations in North Dakota and Manitoba. See some reports below:

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Cover image: latest NOAA GOES East imagery showing the cutoff low now moving into Minnesota. Oct 12th, 10:46 UTC.