BISMARCK, N.D. - North Dakotans woke up to warnings about blizzards in the west and central parts of the state and flooding in the east.
The National Weather Service issued blizzard warnings for southwest and south central North Dakota, including the cities of Bismarck and Dickinson. No travel was advised in southwestern North Dakota, including on Interstate 94 from New Salem to the Montana border, and in the city of Dickinson.
State officials postponed a number of meetings and public events.
The state Transportation Department postponed the date of its state fleet auction a week, citing the weather. It had been scheduled for Thursday. The state Board of Higher Education, which had scheduled a meeting Thursday in Williston, decided to hold it by conference call instead.
Gov. John Hoeven issued an executive order waiving service hour restrictions for commercial truck drivers hauling heating oil or diesel fuel. His office said the order was to ensure supplies of heating fuel considering the storm forecast and tight supplies in the region. Hoeven said South Dakota and Minnesota issued similar waivers.
In eastern North Dakota, forecasters said the storm would bring heavy rain that would saturate the soil quickly and cause moderate flooding in some areas along the Red River and its tributaries.
"It is the same system, but there is warm air wrapping around the east side of it, and that is keeping it rain in the Red River Valley," assistant forecaster Chauncy Schultz said. "We're looking for anywhere from an average of 1 to 3 inches over the Red River Valley. We're looking at the possibility of moderate flooding at some points."
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