Snow likely this afternoon
The first widespread snow event moves in Friday afternoon with freezing drizzle on Saturday, according to Ken Simosko, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Bismarck.
Stutsman County could see up to 3 inches of snow starting around noon and into Friday evening, with up to 3 1/2 inches likely in the southern James River Valley region, Simosko said. The Friday high temperature will be around 29 degrees with southeast winds of 9 to 14 mph.
The threat of winter driving accidents increases when people leave late or at the same time they normally do, he said. More accidents happen when people drive too fast for conditions, he said.
“Drive a little slower and allow extra time,” Simosko said. “Be aware of your surroundings and certainly leave enough space between you and the vehicle ahead.”
On Saturday expect to see freezing drizzle from around 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The high temperature Saturday should be around 34 degrees, he said.
There is a 40 percent chance of under an inch of snow on Saturday night, with more drizzle after midnight until 1 a.m., according to the weather service. Sunday should be partly sunny with a high near 28 degrees and low of 11 degrees, followed by a 50 percent chance of snow after 1 p.m. Monday.