Current Electricity Sector Threat Alert Levels: Physical: ELEVATED, Cyber:
Scale: LOW, GUARDED, ELEVATED, HIGH, SEVERE [Source: ISAC for the Electricity Sector (ES−ISAC) −
2. April 19, Associated Press Snowstorm causes widespread power outages in northern Plains. Up to two feet of blowing snow closed major highways on the northwestern Plains on Wednesday, April 19, as a powerful storm caused widespread power outages and was blamed for at least three deaths. More than 2,000 homes and businesses lost power in South Dakota’s Black Hills, and many schools were closed. On Wednesday, the Mountrail−Williams County Electric Cooperative said that some towns in western North Dakota could be without electricity for another day. The heaviest snowfall was reported in the Black Hills, with 24 inches at Lead and Rochford, the National Weather Service said. Spring storms with heavy snow aren’t unusual in North Dakota, said weather service meteorologist Jim Fors in Bismarck. “We don’t get them every year, but every five to ten years, we usually get a big dump,” Fors said.