Meteorologist: Area could see some snow
The Jamestown area is expected to dodge a blustery bullet as a west-to-east snow system dropping up to 4 inches will essentially go around southeast North Dakota while buffeting the South Dakota and Minnesota sides of the state’s corner borders.
Meteorologist Rich Kinney with the National Weather Service in Grand Forks said Jamestown is still expected to get about 1 to 2 inches of snow containing about a tenth of an inch of moisture, and some areas in the James River Valley could see isolated accumulations of up to 3 inches. Local snow was expected to begin falling last night and continue into this afternoon.
“We’re not expecting any type of heavy snow at this point,” Kinney said Tuesday afternoon. “With the timing of it, some of it coming overnight … even though snowfall amounts won’t be particularly heavy it still could be a little slick tomorrow morning for the morning commute.
“It doesn’t take too much snow to make things a little bit slick and of course as we go through the day road surface temps warm up, it’ll melt off quickly, but with the timing of the initial snow coming overnight there will likely be some slick spots for the morning commute.”
Kinney said the storm was coming through the Rocky Mountains, turning south into South Dakota and turning northeast along South Dakota’s Interstate 29 corridor heading toward the Great Lakes.
“Where this storm system is really going to come together is in extreme northeast South Dakota and over into Minnesota where they’re expecting a heavier swath of snow,” Kinney said. “So we’re fortunate that for North Dakota this will really be just a glancing blow … we’re sort of just on the fringes of the main impacts of this storm.”
Kinney said interstate traffic leaving North Dakota could face adverse driving conditions south on I-29 and east on Interstate 94.
“I would imagine I-94 through Minnesota getting a good shot of snow, he said. “That’s usually a pretty tricky stretch of highway.”
Kinney said Jamestown’s next chance for snow could be Friday night into Saturday morning.
“This far out it doesn’t look like anything real heavy to be concerned about,” he said. “You may recall mid-April of last year when we had quite a storm with a foot or more of snow and blizzard conditions. We’re certainly not looking at anything like that storm.”
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