Storm chasers from the National Weather Service found out the hard way early this morning how bad blizzards can get in northwestern Minnesota and North Dakota. Vince Godon, meteorologist in Grand Forks says the crew came in with a doppler-on-wheels unit. “They wanted to catch a blizzard and try to measure it radar-wise. So they were out west of Grand Forks… and didn’t get back into town before the blizzard hit and they got stuck out in a ditch somewhere.”
Godon says the blizzard hit the Grand Forks area around 1:30 this morning, sooner than expected with winds up to 60 miles an hour, causing white-out conditions.