March Storm Hits Williston | VideoEvan Kruegel | 3/4/2013
"This is about as bad as it can get," he said.
Herring was just one of many passengers stranded in Williston after the airport canceled flights throughout the day. He`s not too optimistic about getting out of town anytime soon.
"No, not at all. Probably going to be stuck."
Those on the roadways didn`t fare much better, as near white-out conditions impacted city and county streets, causing the DOT to release a No Travel Advisory throughout Western North Dakota.
"It appears the worst of this storm has affected the Williston area in all areas within 100 miles of the Western Star City; winds over 50 miles an hour, significant blowing snow and temperatures dropping through the teens. The worst continues for now, as conditions will improve, but not until later tonight,” said KFYR-TV Chief Meteorologist Kevin Lawrence.
Williston police and the Williams County Sheriff’s Department say the storm hasn`t caused any fatalities yet, but the roadways are still in very bad shape.
"Very treacherous, obviously. A lot of snow and a lot more ice underneath the snow, and then it`s compacted in the city right now, so there`s a lot of the main streets that have ice built up coming through the intersections,” said Detective Cory Collings.
If you do have to drive, Collings says to allow extra time and use additional caution.
"Slow down, take time. If you can`t make it somewhere try to reschedule until things clear up. People are usually pretty good about slowing down when we have conditions like this, and that helps. So hopefully, that continues."