UPDATED: Not as bad as predicted, 4 inches snow reported in JamestownResidents awoke today to better conditions than meteorologists had predicted for Wednesday morning. The reporting station at the North Dakota State Hospital reported 4 inches of new snow during a 24-hour period ending at 6 a.m. Forecasts indicate a little more snow may be possible.
By: Keith Norman, The Jamestown Sun
Residents awoke today to better conditions than meteorologists had predicted for Wednesday morning. The reporting station at the North Dakota State Hospital reported 4 inches of new snow during a 24-hour period ending at 6 a.m. Forecasts indicate a little more snow may be possible.
“What you see is what you get,” said Daryl Ritchison, meteorologist for Forum Communications. “Light snow off and on but blustery conditions with winds of 20 to 30 mph. The snow will taper off this afternoon.”
The North Dakota Department of Transportation along with the North Dakota Highway Patrol are reminding travelers that a travel alert remains in effect for south central and southeastern North Dakota including the cities of Jamestown, Valley City, Fargo and Wahpeton.
Interstate 29 from Fargo to the South Dakota border along with N.D. Highway 13 westbound from Wahpeton to Interstate 29 remain closed in North Dakota. Interstate 29 from Watertown to the North Dakota border remains closed in South Dakota.
The blustery winds have prompted the Stutsman County Road Department to hold off on sending plows out on the rural roads.
“We’re holding the plows until the drifting stops later today or tomorrow,” said Mickey Nenow, road superintendent. “Most of the highways have blown clear and all we’re hearing about is some pillow drifts in sheltered areas.”
Crews in Jamestown will continue to clear snow emergency routes through today with crews beginning snow removal in the downtown area at 11 p.m. tonight, according to a press release from the City Engineer’s Office. Snow removal in residential areas will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday. Garbage trucks are on schedule today and following their normal routes.
Forecasts through the weekend continue to look mild.
“There is no cold air behind this system,” Ritchison said. “Thursday should be near freezing with a weak clipper system Friday that may bring a little snow. Then a dry and mild weekend.”