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Ugly weather coming; NWS forecast includes blizzard watch with 40 mph winds followed by life-threatening wind chills

Bearing temperatures well below zero West Fargo, N.D., resident Greg Hansen heads south along Ninth Street East en route to pick up some groceries for his mother Thursday. Friday's forecast calls for warmer weather with a high in the 20s as well as the potential for a wintery mix of precipitation. Darren Gibbins/Forum News Service

The weekend weather might be best for watching football in the comfort of your living room, according to Todd Hamilton, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Bismarck. The forecast includes a blizzard watch with 40 mph winds from 6 p.m. Friday to noon Saturday followed by life-threatening wind chills starting Saturday and running through Tuesday.

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Early Friday will likely be the most pleasant part of the weekend.

“Warmer temperature this morning,” Hamilton said. “A low pressure system tracking through will bring mixed precipitation of freezing rain and sleet in the afternoon changing to snow as colder air moves in.”

The colder air will be accompanied by winds of up to 40 mph and about a half-inch of new snow overnight today. The combination of wind, existing snow and possible new snow prompted the NWS to issue a blizzard warning.

“Then the fun begins,” Hamilton said. “A strong arctic high moves through Saturday through Monday. Wind chills will be between 40 and 50 degrees below.”

The NWS issued a special weather statement warning of life-threatening wind chills from Saturday night through early next week.

Along with wind chills, forecasts include air temperatures of minus 20 to minus 30 for overnight lows Sunday and Monday. Highs each day may reach about minus 15.

“Temperatures will warm Wednesday to above zero,” he said. “Thursday we might get up into the teens.”

Normal temperatures for this time of year in Jamestown include highs of 20 and lows of about 1.

Sun reporter Keith Norman can be reached at 701-952-8452 or by email at