KEVIN WALLEVAND REPORTS: Cass County Sheriff Jesse Jahner out in the storm 

Cass County Sheriff Jesse Jahner on duty during a blizzard on Feb. 7, 2019. WDAY
Cass County Sheriff Jesse Jahner on duty during a blizzard on Feb. 7, 2019. WDAY

FARGO — At the height of Thursday's blizzard, Fargo's north side felt and looked more like Siberia than the Great Plains, with some areas seeing four and five-foot high snow drifts.

And as strong winds, poor visibility, and rock-hard snow drifts made it nearly impossible to drive some places, Cass County Sheriff Jesse Jahner patrolled the city in his SUV.

Jahner, in his first winter as sheriff, staged deputies around the county, and it paid off early. A call came in about a driver that went around a barricade and got stuck, so Jahner sent a patrol unit to assist her.

"If we have to get out, in these conditions, we can have a plow clear a path for us and we can get to those people and get help to them." Jahner said.

The county also can use air boats and snowmobiles for rescues in severe winter storms. But the sheriff says the chance of rescue still doesn't make it safe to drive in a blizzard.

"We want to make sure people are heeding our warning and not traveling," Jahner said.