April blizzard socks western North Dakota, knocks power out for thousands

An iced over NDDOT camera on US-2 near Ray (Courtesy: NDDOT)
An iced over NDDOT camera on US-2 near Ray (Courtesy: NDDOT)

(Region) -- An April blizzard has socked the western region of North Dakota, while the eastern region of the state deals with severe weather.

The National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning for the western part of the state Saturday, saying it is anticipated to last until Sunday evening. Heavy mixed precipitation and then heavy snow is expected, according to the weather service, with total ice accumulations up to one-quarter inch and snow accumulations between three and seven inches. Winds are also expected to be an issue, with gusts as high as 60 miles per hour.

Power outages are impacting the region as well. Montana-Dakota Utilities says more than 2,600 customers are without power in northwestern North Dakota. Mountrail-Williams Electric Cooperative also reports multiple outages in the region.

Stay tuned for further updates.