The big freeze hits Dunn County


‘Looks like Winter is here to stay …’

Old Man Winter is at it again. Last week he dumped nearly two feet of snow in some areas of Dunn County.


And before you could say Jack Frost, the winter wizard laid out bitter cold temperatures. And if that wasn’t enough, he added a dash of blowing wind.

“Looks like winter is here to stay, for a while anyway,” said Troy Reid of Dodge. “You better be prepared if you go out in this stuff.”

Reid was gassing up and on his way home from his job in Montana.

“I’m on days off. What a way to start,” he chuckled. “When I get home, I’m going to build a fire, eat some soup and stay out of this … stuff.”

Sounds like a good plan.

Temperatures reached the negative numbers several times this week. And the gusting winds – some reaching 65 mph in some places – made driving hazardous because of low visibility.

Interstate 94 was closed on several occasions this past week between Dickinson and Bismarck.

In Dunn County, county offices were closed early so employees could get home before dark. Many areas of the state, including Dunn County, were on blizzard alert.

Dunn County Sheriff Clay Cocker called for travel restrictions because of the bitter cold and blustery conditions.

Gary Wilz, superintendent of Killdeer School, cancelled classes on Tuesday because of the weather. It’s the second time in a week that classes were cancelled.

School officials had to reschedule the start of the 41st Annual Roughrider Tournament. It was slated to start on Tuesday, but was changed to Thursday and will run through Saturday.

And the City of Killdeer scrubbed its Christmas tree-lighting ceremony at 6 tonight because of the cold weather. However, the city will still have cookies, hot chocolate, singing, free swimming and a visit from Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus at the Aquatics & Wellness Center at 6 p.m.

“Look, it’s negative one degrees right now. ” said a bundled-up Terrell Johnson, a truck driver who said he was dumb enough to pick up a load in Williston in adverse weather conditions.

“If I didn’t have to get fuel, I’d be cabbed up,” he said, smiling. “I don’t know why you’re out here. You need to get inside. It’s cold, don’t you know?”

Despite the weather, there have been few accidents on the road, Coker said. One driver slid into a snow bank and another driver was involved in a non-injury rollover, the sheriff’s department said.

The forecast calls for a 50 percent chance of snow showers on Saturday, with temperatures ranging from 2 to negative 12 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

The wind, the weather service said, should die down to below 10 mph by this weekend. However, the frigid temperatures will remain, with Monday’s marks ranging from a high of 9 degrees below zero to a low of negative 14.

“It’s not even Winter yet,” said Killdeer resident Buddy Carmichael. “Winter starts on Dec. 21.”

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