120716-nws-snow5.jpg

Interstate 94 remained closed in most of North Dakota through Tuesday as blizzard conditions covered most of the state.

As this week's blizzard shut down roads across the state, the Cannon Ball Pit Stop ran out of gas.

Its owner, Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault II, said Wednesday afternoon that blowing snow, hazardous road conditions and a snowbank that formed over his tank's fill site had prevented any successful deliveries over the past couple of days; but he expected a fuel delivery to be made today.

Gas was still available to travelers Wednesday about 8 miles south, at the Prairie Knights Quik Mart.

North Dakota Petroleum Marketers Association President Mike Rud said he had not heard of any similar shortages at other rural gas stations to date, but it is something the association is monitoring closely.

Rud indicated it is likely that truckers are behind schedule after more than a week of adverse weather. With more snow anticipated this weekend, it could exacerbate things further.

Janine Vining, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Bismarck, said another system is expected to hit the southern half of the state starting late Friday and lasting through Saturday. Towns to the north, near Lake Sakakawea, are expected to get 2 inches of new snow. Counties to the south, including Sioux, Lamoure, Logan and McIntosh, could get closer to 5 inches.

The snow is expected to be fluffy, so ice and freezing rain should not be an issue, according to Vining. Winds are also expected to stay relatively low, around 10 to 15 miles per hour.

"It won't be pleasant, but it's not like 30- to 40-mile-per-hour gusts," she said.

Reach Jessica Holdman at 701-250-8261 or jessica.holdman@bismarcktribune.com

0
0
0
0
0

Business Reporter