Residents of the nation's northern midsection may have been hoping for a white Christmas. While that wish has definitely been fulfilled, residents are now probably wishing a fierce blizzard did not deliver the snow.

The blizzard has been pounding areas from Minnesota to the Dakotas and Nebraska throughout Christmas Day and will continue to do so tonight. Fargo, N.D., Rapid City, S.D., and Valentine, Neb., will be among the hardest-hit towns and cities.

Strong winds will severely blow and drift additional falling snow tonight.

Massive snow drifts will further clog roadways, while prolonged whiteouts will prove to be extremely hazardous for motorists and those traveling by foot.

The danger surrounding the blizzard has forced officials to close numerous roads, including lengthy stretches of interstates. Travel is strongly discouraged where roads are not barricaded. If you must travel, be sure to pack a winter survival kit as there is a high chance that you may become stranded.

Story by Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski