For some, it may have been a sneak preview of a white Christmas when dense fog combined with sub-freezing temperatures in Bowman County and surrounding areas.
The region was covered by dense fog for two days and at the same time freezing temperatures left the are coated with a near monochrome white appearance.
According to the Bismarck office of the National Weather Service, much of the state was hit with what acted like a rare Hour frost. During the event, the frost got really thick and acted like snow would, the spokesman said.
“It is not really a common event,” James Assid said Monday. “Usually is disappears fairly quickly but this one appeared to stick around a little bit because we dropped in temperature.”
“It is not predicting a white Christmas,” he added.
In fact, the forecast for the next week has about a 20 percent chance of precipitation.
“It was an interesting meteorological event, that is for sure,” he added. It was also visible by satellite and centered at Lake Sakakawea covering most of North Dakota for a time.
The event broke up Sunday morning when the cloud cover broke up and the sun helped burn off the fog. At one point, the region had a weather advisory, which said visibility was limited to about one-quarter mile.