Significant winter storm to hit western N.D., travel alert issued statewide

Posted on 02 December 2013 by Bryce Martin

A winter storm warning has been issued for western and central North Dakota through Wednesday, culminating in a Travel Advisory issued Monday from the North Dakota Department of Transportation.

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Posted Dec. 2, 2013

Significant winter storm to hit western N.D., travel alert issued statewide

FROM STAFF REPORTS

A winter storm warning has been issued for western and central North Dakota through Wednesday, culminating in a Travel Advisory issued Monday from the North Dakota Department of Transportation.

Snow will continue over northern North Dakota through Wednesday. Snow will develop over southwest North Dakota after sunset then spread east over south central and southeast after Midnight. Snow will continue over west and central North Dakota Tuesday. Northerly wind gusts up to 30 mph will develop Tuesday creating areas of blowing and drifting snow.

Snow and blowing snow will continue through Tuesday night and will slowly taper off through late Wednesday. Storm total snowfall amounts from today through Wednesday will range from 6 to 8 inches for most of west and central North Dakota and from 8 to 10 inches across the James River Valley.

By Wednesday night, dangerously cold air will be in place and remain through the weekend. Overnight lows could dip into the 20s below zero, with daytime highs not even reaching zero.

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The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) has issued a statewide Travel Alert.

According to the National Weather Service, weather conditions are expected to change in the overnight hours. Freezing rain causing icy conditions, blowing and drifting snow with areas of heavy snow reducing visibility and creating hazardous driving conditions. Motorists are urged to use caution as this winter weather event intensifies across North Dakota potentially causing road conditions to deteriorate throughout the night continuing through Wednesday. A Travel Alert means conditions are such that motorists can still travel in these areas, but should be advised of rapidly changing conditions.

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