Weather Changing Today into Winter Mess
Bismarck started the morning (March 6) at 44 degrees and slowly, the temperature will be falling as a winter system continues to inch its way closer to the Bismarck-Mandan area.
Areas to the west of Bismarck have already started to see winter and windy conditions. A look at the NDDOT web-cams confirm the snowy and windy conditions. Plus, as the winter conditions continue to develop, NDDOT have issued a Travel Alert for northwest North Dakota due to blowing and drifting snow creating icy road conditions and reduced visibility. Cities included in the Travel Alert are Crosby, Bowbells, Williston, Stanley, Watford City, New Town and surrounding areas. Conditions are such that motorists can still travel in these areas, but should be advised of rapidly changing conditions. Motorists are encouraged to reduce speeds and drive according to the conditions.
As of 10 a.m., wind speeds were ranging from 36-46 mph between Williston and Dickenson. These conditions are expected in the Bismarck-Mandan area later this afternoon, as the area has a Winter Weather Advisory.
Areas north of Bismarck, towards Minot are under a Blizzard Warning, and areas north of Underwood can expect heavier accumulations of snow according to the National Weather Service in Bismarck.