CASS COUNTY, N.D. — There's no question the most dangerous and difficult part of the winter storm Wednesday, Feb. 12, came as many got ready to leave for work, with winds reaching 35 to 50 mph and wind chills to match.
You didn't have to travel far out of the Fargo-Moorhead metro to figure out why officials were closing roads right and left. As Cass County Sheriff Jesse Jahner drove rural roads, visibility on the highway ranged anywhere from a quarter-mile to zero.
On the Minnesota side of the highway, state troopers responded to cars and trucks driving off the road due to low visibility.
"You couldn't tell where the road was in accordance to the ditch, so people think they are on the roadway, then just drive off the road," Jahner said.
Another big issue while traveling down the highway are rock-hard drifts that formed because of the strong winds.
"You (can) have a drift well into (the) driving lane and if someone hits that going at speed, it will suck them right into the guard rail," Jahner explained
Concerns about the blizzard lingered Wednesday night. While the winds died down and snow has stopped, bitter temperatures left in their wake appear to be deadly.
"The best thing is to stay in your vehicle and (to) make sure that your phone is fully charged because sometimes we can locate people off of their phone signal," Jahner recommended.