From the KX Storm Center:
We are in Severe Weather Alert mode as a cold front moves through the state. Widespread snow continues to move East and it is not quite over, yet. We haven’t had any reports of snow covered roads, yet. However, scattered snow is on most of our highways & interstates across Western & Central ND. Hazardous road conditions are one of our headlines for this evening. If you are hitting the roads, make sure you drive carefully: Slow down, allow extra room & longer stopping distances, grab your winter survival kit and plan ahead. With today’s snow & strong winds visibility has been reduced a lot and blowing/drifting snow remain a concern.
There is a series of Winter Weather Advisories in effect for most of Western & Central ND, through tonight. Western ND will end around Midnight (CST) and Central ND will end around 6 am. South of highway 2, 3″-6″ of snow is expected with continued strong winds. Areas of 5″-8″+ will be possible and hit/miss. North of highway 2, 1″-3″. Blowing & drifting snow is expected until the end of the event.
There is a Winter Storm Warning in effect for Pierce & Wells counties, until 9am Thursday in ND. 5″-7″ of snow is expected with gusts as high as 40mph. Blizzard conditions will be possible with continued blowing/drifting snow.
In East MT, Wibaux, Richland & Roosevelt counties will be under a Winter Storm warning until 9pm MST. An additional 1″-3″ of snow is expected with strong winds.
There is also a Blizzard Warning for parts of the ND/MN state line.
Changes to our weather pattern will not end, in the wake of this passing front. Temperatures have been falling all day and they are not done yet. Sub-zero temps will make a comeback and are forecast through the the rest of the work week this weekend. Lows will even fall into the -teens & -20’s for Friday/Saturday mornings. Another concern is our wind chills. They will fall into a dangerous range, across the state. Make sure you bundle up, dress in layers and stay warm. Chills will be in the -20’s & -30’s for most of the state.
There will be a couple more chances for snow, through the weekend. Each cold front that moves through the state (tonight, Friday & Sunday) will bring a little more accumulation & another blast of colder temperatures. This active weather pattern will calm down by next week, but frigid temps will continue through the beginning of the work week.
Tonight, snow will move out of our area with some clearing, strong winds and even colder temps. Lows below zero with a NW wind 15-25mph G35. Chills will fall into the -teens & -20’s. 80% chance of snow.
Thursday, continued clearing & still breezy. Highs near & below zero with a NW/East wind 10-20 mph & calming. Chills below zero and in the -teens.
Thursday night will bring more clouds with another round of snow chances. Lows well below zero and in the -teens with an East/SE wind 2-12mph. Chills in the -teens & -20s. 40% chance of snow.
Friday, partly cloudy with snow moving out and another dip in temperatures. Highs near & below zero with an East/North wind 5-15mph gusting near 20mph. 50% chance of snow.
Friday night, mostly clear and bitterly cold. Lows in the -teens & -20’s with a NW/West wind 2-10mph. Chills in the -20’s & -30’s.
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