Blizzard drops 11 inches of snow: Post blizzard cleanup to continue; snow forecasted for today into Thursday
The snow has stopped and the winds have lessened, but the cleanup from a spring blizzard Monday will continue over the next few days.
Eleven inches of snow accumulated over a 24-hour period that ended at 6 a.m. Tuesday, according to measurements taken at the North Dakota State Hospital. The measurement is also the total amount of snow on the ground as all previous accumulations had melted.
The National Weather Service in Bismarck issued a special weather statement at 3:11 p.m. Tuesday for a light and accumulating snow today and into Thursday morning for western and central North Dakota, including Jamestown and Stutsman County.
Janine Vining, meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Bismarck, said Tuesday a large storm system has formed over the Rocky Mountains, from the Canadian border down to Mexico. The system will produce rain and thunderstorms in the southern states, as it is pulling moisture from the Gulf of Mexico.
“North Dakota is on the northern edge of the system and it is still cold enough here that we will get snow rather than rain,” she said.
Vining said snow will start in the western part of North Dakota this morning and spread across the state as the system moves east. The system will reach the James River Valley area sometime tonight into Thursday morning and could produce 2 to 3 inches of snow. There is a chance the snow could start late this afternoon.
“The good news is we’re not expecting strong winds like we had with the storm Monday,” Vining said.
The system should move off later on Thursday morning.
Jamestown crews started snow removal duties on Monday at 11 p.m., but ran into equipment troubles due to the wet, heavy snow. In a previous Sun report City Engineer Reed Schwartzkopf said the snow was causing mechanical problems with the blower and the city wasn’t able to retain enough truck operators to haul the snow away. Crews continued snow removal duties throughout Tuesday and into today.
A review of calls to Stutsman County 911 Dispatch showed local law enforcement officers responded to 18 calls for vehicles stuck in roadways around Jamestown and Stutsman County.
Stutsman County Sheriff Chad Kaiser said Tuesday a county snowplow had to clear a path for an ambulance call to 4 1/2 miles south of Jamestown at 5:16 p.m. Monday for a report of chest pain. Kaiser said the Jamestown Area Ambulance couldn’t get through without the plow and the plow had to clear a path on Interstate 94 so the ambulance could get to the Jamestown Regional Medical Center.
“The visibility was terrible, you just couldn’t see anything,” he said.
The Jamestown Fire Department was called out at 8:23 p.m. to a car fire on 1st Avenue North, by the All Vets Club. Lt. Sheldon Moore of the JFD said three trucks and 30 firefighters responded to the scene where a 2001 Chrysler 300 had caught fire. Moore said the cause of the fire was unknown and the fire was quickly extinguished after the firefighters arrived. The scene was cleared at 9 p.m.
Moore said getting to the call wasn’t too difficult given the weather conditions and he was glad there weren’t any more calls for the night.
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