As New England thaws out after a major overnight ice storm, photographer Essdras Suarez and I are finalizing plans for a trip Monday to North Dakota.
We plan to report on wind in its many forms in the windiest state in the lower 48. While talking with a contact in Fargo earlier in the week, he said: "My wife said last night, 'oh, I'm just ready for a blizzard.' She's looking forward to the first of the season, when the place sort of shuts down, and we're required to just be."
Looks like she'll get her wish this weekend. Here's the map from the National Weather Service in Bismarck:
And an excerpt from their alert: "Strong winds of 25 to 35 mph, with gusts up to 50 mph, will likely accompany the snow. Winds of this magnitude can produce significant blowing and drifting snow, which could produce blizzard conditions across the area. ... Bitterly cold temperatures are also expected to spill in across the region Saturday night. Temperatures are forecast to drop below zero on Sunday morning, and will likely remain below zero across most of the region through Tuesday. These temperatures, combined with the strong winds, will likely produce dangerous wind chills of 25 to 45 degrees below zero during this time."