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Published February 18, 2013, 08:43 PM

Staying in your car is the smartest thing to do if stuck in these blizzard conditions

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Officials say to stay in your car if you get stuck in these blizzard conditions.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- In these winds and ice packed roads, it's easy for drivers to lose control, and get stuck.

What might be hard, is sitting and waiting for help. Last week, a South Dakota man died when he abandoned his car in blizzard conditions. Officials are saying if you get stuck or if you get into a bind, the smarter thing to do is just stay in your car.

It's not uncommon for emergency personnel to come across cars in the ditch, and see the driver trying to dig themselves out. But it's not something any of them would recommend, especially in white out conditions like these.

Stepping outside your car, when temps and visibility are low could cause you to go into hypothermia, or get hit by another vehicle. Depending on the situation, the chances of staying safe are a lot higher if you just stay inside.

Fargo's EVAC team suggests calling 9-1-1 and leaving the danger to them.

After all, they just don't want to see you get hurt.

Charles Dosh/EVAC Inc. says, ""we train for things like this. You know, to watch ourselves. They may be out there just digging their vehicle out and not watching what's going on. So, we always, and we travel, as you can see, with two people in vehicles so we always have someone watching our back."

Emergency crews also say, keeping track of where you are is also important, so you're able to pinpoint exactly where they should send help.

When weather is as wicked as it has been today, officials say it's better to just stay home.