Widespread Hazardous Winter Weather This Evening Through Monday!

.WIDESPREAD…HAZARDOUS WINTER WEATHER WILL DEVELOP ACROSS MUCH OF
WESTERN AND CENTRAL NORTH DAKOTA TONIGHT…AND CONTINUE THROUGH
MONDAY EVENING. HEAVY SNOWFALL ACCUMULATIONS IN EXCESS OF 12
INCHES ARE EXPECTED ACROSS SOUTH CENTRAL NORTH DAKOTA AND THE
JAMES RIVER VALLEY BY MONDAY EVENING. NORTHERLY WINDS TO 45 MPH
WILL RESULT IN BLIZZARD CONDITIONS FOR THESE AREAS…AND A
BLIZZARD WARNING IS IN EFFECT. THIS INCLUDES BISMARCK…MANDAN…FORT
YATES…LINTON…STEELE…HARVEY…CARRINGTON…JAMESTOWN…ELLENDALE
AND OAKES.

6 TO 12 INCHES OF SNOW ARE EXPECTED FROM HETTINGER…BOWMAN
AND BEACH….THROUGH DICKINSON…KILLDEER…CENTER…GARRISON AND
HARVEY. WHILE WINDS WILL BE SLIGHTLY WEAKER FOR THESE
AREAS…SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCED VISIBILITIES IN BLOWING SNOW ARE
EXPECTED…AND A WINTER STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT. FURTHER
NORTH…3 TO 6 INCHES OF SNOW ARE FORECAST FOR WATFORD CITY
THROUGH MINOT AND RUGBY. A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY HAS BEEN ISSUED
FOR THESE LOCATIONS.

TRAVEL WILL BECOME EXTREMELY HAZARDOUS…IF NOT IMPOSSIBLE…ACROSS
MUCH OF WESTERN AND CENTRAL NORTH DAKOTA THIS EVENING THROUGH
MONDAY. STAY UP TO DATE AT WWW.WEATHER.GOV/BIS FOR THE LATEST
FORECASTS…ADVISORIES…AND WARNINGS.

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Strong Winds could bring blizzard conditions Saturday night and Sunday!

Strong winds are expected Saturday night and Sunday, along with possible blizzard conditions. Here are the key points:
• Snow accumulations of 1 to 3 inches are forecast along and east of a line from Williston to Beulah, Bismarck and Ashley through this weekend. The majority of the snow is expected to occur Saturday into Saturday night.
• Strong northwest winds to 55 mph Saturday night and Sunday across all of western and central North Dakota possibly leading to blizzard conditions.
o Blizzard conditions will be highly dependent on where new snow accumulates this weekend.
o Reduced visibility and hazardous travel are possible.
• Much colder Sunday through early next week.

Please keep up to date with the weather at: www.weather.gov/bis

The Bismarck National Weather Service has Issued a High Wind Warning for Western & Central North Dakota!

…HIGH WIND WARNING WESTERN AND CENTRAL NORTH DAKOTA WEDNESDAY
AFTERNOON INTO THURSDAY…

.VERY STRONG NORTHWEST WINDS SUSTAINED TO 40 MPH WITH GUSTS AS
HIGH AS 75 MPH WILL OCCUR WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH THURSDAY
ACROSS WESTERN AND CENTRAL NORTH DAKOTA. THE STRONG WINDS WILL
ARRIVE EARLIER THAN PREVIOUSLY FORECAST…ENTERING NORTHERN NORTH
DAKOTA SHORTLY AFTER NOON CST…REACHING THE SOUTH BY LATE
AFTERNOON. THE BLIZZARD WATCH THAT WAS IN EFFECT HAS BEEN UPGRADED
TO A HIGH WIND WARNING FOR BOTTINEAU…MINOT…GARRISON…RUGBY
AND ROLETTE. A HIGH WIND WARNING HAS ALSO BEEN ISSUED FOR THE
WILLISTON…WATFORD CITY…BEACH…DICKINSON…HETTINGER…
BISMARCK…LINTON…AND WISHEK AREAS.

TRAVEL WILL BECOME HAZARDOUS WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON INTO THURSDAY.
WHILE MUCH OF THE SNOWPACK IS CRUSTED OVER…WINDS THIS STRONG
COULD BREAK THE CRUST IN SOME AREAS. SHOULD THIS OCCUR…
VISIBILITIES MAY DROP TO ONE HALF MILE AT TIMES.

STAY UP TO DATE WITH THE LATEST FORECAST AT http://www.crh.noaa.gov/bis/

Blizzard Watch for Western and Central North Dakota for Friday Afternoon, January 3rd, 2014!

BLIZZARD WATCH WESTERN AND CENTRAL NORTH DAKOTA FRIDAY AFTERNOON
THROUGH SATURDAY MORNING…

.STRONG NORTHWEST WINDS TO 40 MPH ARE POSSIBLE FRIDAY AFTERNOON IN
NORTHERN NORTH DAKOTA…THEN DEVELOPING ACROSS SOUTHERN NORTH DAKOTA
FRIDAY EVENING. PERIODS OF LIGHT SNOW WILL ALSO ACCOMPANY THE STRONG
WINDS. WITH THE CURRENT SNOWPACK ON THE GROUND…STRONG WINDS AND
ADDITIONAL LIGHT SNOW…BLIZZARD CONDITIONS WITH VISIBILITIES TO
LESS THAN ONE QUARTER MILE ARE POSSIBLE…FRIDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH
SATURDAY MORNING.

IF TRAVELING…BE SURE TO HAVE A WINTER SURVIVAL KIT…INFORM
OTHERS OF YOUR TRAVEL PLANS…AND BE READY FOR THE CHALLENGES YOU
COULD FACE IF STRANDED. DRESS FOR THE OUTSIDE WEATHER…NOT THE
INSIDE CAR TEMPERATURE.
KEEP UP TO DATE AT: http://www.crh.noaa.gov/bis/

Dangerously cold arctic air will spread across North Dakota on Saturday, January 4th and continue into Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

Starting on Saturday, all of North Dakota will have Life threatening wind chills to 60 below zero, air temperatures to 30 below zero with wind speeds to 25 mph. Frostbite can occur in 5 minutes or less under these conditions. Hypothermia or death can occur if precautions are not taken.
Keep up to date at: http://www.crh.noaa.gov/bis/

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