West Fargo woman found in freezing temps overnight by police


WEST FARGO -- West Fargo Police are warning the public to dress warmly after discovering a 51-year-old local woman shortly before 5 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 23, showing signs of frostbite and hypothermia.

“The female did not have the proper clothing on to be out in the extremely cold temperatures,” a police announcement states, noting that she was sent by ambulance to Sanford Hospital for treatment. She had been discovered near the 800 block of Second Avenue West.

Vince Godon, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Grand Forks, said the local temperatures were about 4 degrees in West Fargo when the woman was found, with a wind chill of about negative 7 degrees.

“The winds could have been a lot stronger. It’s not as bad as it looks like it’s going to be coming up this week,” he said. “Anytime you’re out in the cold, it can be quite dangerous.”