Mother nature is set to unveil her nasty side again this weekend.  Winter Storm Watches have been posted for western North Dakota, where they could see up to 14 inches of snow and ice, which could lead to power outages and impossible travel.

The Winter Storm Watch extends from southwest North Dakota and goes all the way up to the Turtle Mountains.  It includes the counties of Hettinger, Stark, McLean, Ward, Burke, Renville, Bottineau, Mountrail, McHenry, Dunn, and Mercer.  Including the cities of Dickinson, Mott, Regent, Richardton, Beulah, Hazen, Washburn, Underwood, and Minot.  This Winter Storm Warning will run from late Friday night into Sunday morning.  Strong winds as high as 50 miles per hour will also be associated with this storm, which could lead to blizzard conditions.  A 1/10 to a 1/4 inch of ice is possible with this storm as well.

Bismarck Mandan will see mostly rain from this system and possibly a lot of it.  Over an inch of rain with some thunder mixed in.  It will be very windy with wind gusts over 40 miles per hour by Saturday evening.  The rain will begin on the overnight tonight and continue through Saturday evening before it turns over to snow.  Snow will linger through early Sunday afternoon.  We could see between 2 and 4 inches of snow in Bismarck Mandan.  Look for a Winter Weather Advisory to be issued Saturday night and Sunday morning.

As you can see, the major snow line is not too far from the Bismarck Mandan area.  Look for rapidly melting snow with all this rain, which could cause some overland flooding.

This system will certainly help with drought conditions in western North Dakota.



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