With a winter storm bearing down on North Dakota, you have numerous resources online that can keep you up to date on current weather information, road conditions and how things look visually at locations around the state.
In a few minutes or less, on your smartphone, tablet or computer, you can know exactly what’s happening in your area and anywhere else in the state.
Here are some of the best resources, out of many:
Local Media Weather Apps
In the Bismarck-Mandan region, KXMB-TV and KFYR-TV both offer specific weather apps you can freely download. Both stations are good at sending out real time alerts, information and videos on threatening weather conditions as they develop and change. These really are must-have resources on your smartphone. Simply go to your app store and search on the station call letters to find the storm tracker and first warn apps.
National Weather Service
North Dakota has two National Weather Service forecast offices in Bismarck and Grand Forks, plus an additional Doppler radar site at the Minot Air Force Base. Each of the two offices have websites where you can view weather bulletins and forecasts, review static and looping radar images, peruse weather data and more. Between the three radar locations and the two offices, you can get the latest information for any area in North Dakota.
Grand Forks Office
Minot AFB Doppler Radar
NDDOT Highway Maps
The North Dakota Department of Transportation features a regularly updated highway map of the state showing current road conditions. With a few clicks in the option boxes, you can overlay current radar imagery over the map, along with wind speeds, weather camera locations and the current locations of highway plows.
The weather cameras are a neat feature in that you can view what road conditions actually look like at more than 100 locations around the state.
Keith Darnay has worked in and written about the online world for more than two decades. His site is at www.darnay.com.