From the KX News Dakota Storm Center:
After a very cold start, we have been seeing mostly clear skies and continued cold conditions. A broad ridge of high pressure will continue to move across the Dakotas. There is a little bit of cloud cover that is rolling in from the West & Northwest. Some areas of light snow/flurry activity is associated with this warm front and will be hit & miss as this system moves across our area during the beginning of the work week. Not only will there be more cloud cover and a slight chance for isolated flurries/light snow, temps are expected to continue climbing. Through the beginning of the work week, high temperatures will be on either side freezing and even near & above freezing for some. This relief from extremely cold conditions is coming just after setting a new record of -31 in Bismarck. The old record for 12/17 was -27 set back in 1975.
Normally low temperatures are recorded during the morning hours of that day, but last night was a little different and temps were very cold across much of Western & Central ND.
Nevertheless, through the next 7days, seasonable temperatures are expected with a few days of temps climbing slightly above average for this time of the year. There will be a few chances for flurries & light snow. However, little to no accumulation is expected for all 3 events (Monday night, Tuesday night/Wednesday & Friday/Saturday). In total, next week most of our area will see less than 1″ with highest chances for accumulation on Wednesday. Parts of North Central & Northeast ND could see 1-3″, as well.
After a cold front during the end of the work week, temps will fall back below average for this time of the year and to either side of zero for lows.