From the KX News Dakota Storm Center:
A ridge of high pressure is still stretched over the Northern Plains. This high will stay in place through the rest of the work week and begin to break down as a low pressure system approaches our area. Through the rest of tonight through Friday expect mostly clear skies with a few in & out clouds and seasonable temps. Friday night will bring increasing clouds, followed by winds picking up on Saturday. Saturday night, scattered light snow will begin to move into Western & Central North Dakota as a weekend snow system moves into the region. It looks like Santa could face a few snow showers on Christmas eve and most of the heavier snow is expected on Sunday & Sunday night.
It is still a few days down the road and a little far out to nail down the event total, snowfall forecast. However, significant accumulations will be possible as widespread snow is expected to last from Saturday night, through Christmas day and into Monday.
This low pressure system (that will affect our area this weekend) is still over the Pacific Ocean. Until it moves over land and starts to reform over the lee side of the Rockies, snowfall accumulations will still be uncertain. These are very early numbers and changes are still expected At this point, 6-12 inches is likely across much of Western ND. Parts of the area will only see 3-5 inches and parts of the state could end up with more than 1 foot of snow. The beginning of the work week will bring tapering snow chances, clearing skies and much colder temps.
Friday, expect mostly sunny skies with increasing clouds late. Highs in the 20s & 30s with a West/NW wind 5-15mph G20.
Friday night, expect teens and a few single digits with increasing clouds and a chilly feel. Lows on either side of 10 with a N/E wind 2-12mph.
Saturday will bring continued increasing clouds with a few flurries, late. Highs in the teens & 20s with an East wind 15-25mph & Gusty. Min chills near zero.
Saturday night expect cloudy skies with rising rain chances and strong winds. Highs in the teens with an East wind 15-25mph. 60% chance for snow and the risk of blowing snow.