The National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning for Grant County and the surrounding area. The warning goes into effect today, Thursday, November 17, at 11:34 p.m. and continues until Friday, November 18, at 6 p.m.
Snow and strong winds are predicted. According to the report, winds gusting as high as 50 miles per hour will cause whiteout conditions. Significant drifting of the snow is likely. Snow accumulation of 6 to 10 inches is expected.
In preparation for the first winter storm of the season, the City of Milbank has readied the snow plows and filled them with sand. According to Ron Krause, the streets department works closely with the Milbank City Police Department to coordinate plowing times. “We work closely with Boyd VanVooren, Police Chief. As soon as possible in the morning, we begin plowing all emergency routes and go from there.” Bill Tostenson, driver for Milbank Community Transit, reminds the community the transit company follows city, county, and police recommendations for transportation services. He noted the transit also follows the school schedule.
The county was abuzz today as residents prepared for the worst. Wayde Fraasch said he put snow tires on his vehicles and Hilary Schwagel stocked up on groceries and other supplies to help pass the time with her children. Many of the parents and families traveling to Watertown to the State Class A volleyball tournament changed their travel plans and have decided to spend the night in Watertown.
Blizzards are also notorious for wreaking havoc with farming and livestock operations. Dawn and Paul Vander Wal said, “We closed up the out buildings, got additional bedding for the livestock, and made sure their water fountains are working and ready to go.” Dawn said, “We made sure the heaters are working in the barn and all the feed is accessible. We also emptied the camper and put it in storage for the winter.”
On a lighter note, Elli Grabow says, “I bought a gallon of milk and a loaf of bread and am preparing for Skip-Bo tournaments.” Jessica Roggenbuck said, “I am praying that it doesn’t come. But, just in case, we have the kids’ snow boots, jackets, hats, scarves and mittens pulled out of storage.” She joked, “We also made room for my car in the garage.”