(Bismarck, ND) — Ranchers across North Dakota are getting prepared for a major snow storm expected to hit today. Cattle workers are making plans to care for any newborn livestock and those that are likely to be born during the next few days of foul weather. Ranchers are also bringing herds closer to home. They also say they are looking forward to the moisture to regenerate dried out fields.
Farm and Ranch Director Jesse Allen spoke with Timothy Lynch from the National Weather Service office in Grand Forks:
The North Dakota Department of Transportation says it is ready for the storm expected to drop at least a foot of snow on much of the state. Officials say trucks have already hit the roads with a mixture of beet juice and salt water to coat them in anticipation of the snow and ice. DOT officials say the beet juice lowers the freezing point of water and helps keep salt on the roads. Motorists are encouraged to stay off the roads unless travel is necessary.