Weather Forecast


A wintery day

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Windy, snowy conditions created icy roads in Jamestown and across most of eastern and central North Dakota. This semitrailer jacknifed and went into the median of eastbound Interstate 94 near Exit 257 Monday afternoon. Chris Olson / The Sun2 / 4
Alyson Donegan, an employee of the Knights of Columbus Hall in Jamestown, shovels the rear entrance on Monday after blowing winds left snow caked to the brick exterior.3 / 4
Right: A Bobcat clears the Hugo’s Family Marketplace parking lot after a morning of strong wind and snow. Photos by Tom LaVenture / The Sun4 / 4

The snow and wind started early Monday and before the morning rush hour was over there were reports of several car crashes around Jamestown.

There were no serious injuries, said Sgt. Tyler Loven of the Jamestown Police Department.

"There were several vehicles in the ditch and the weather created a lot of work for us," Loven said. "We just encourage people to slow down and drive for the conditions."

Sgt. Matt Thom of the Stutsman County Sheriff's Office said there were several minor accidents and at least one accident with an injury on Monday morning.

"There is gusting wind and blowing snow with precipitation," Thom said. "Visibility is down to a half mile at times."

Road conditions continued to deteriorate in the early afternoon and the North Dakota Highway Patrol responded to semi trucks that were jackknifing on Interstate 94 and U.S. Highway 281 north, he said.

An afternoon flight to Jamestown was cancelled, said Sam Seafeldt, manager of Jamestown Regional Airport.

The United Express flight No. 5102 from Denver to Jamestown was cancelled, which would have landed here at 12:45 p.m. There were passengers from Jamestown on the flight who were inconvenienced but it is not known how many, Seafeldt said.

Seven passengers in Jamestown were to board Flight No. 5102 before its scheduled 1:15 p.m. flight back to Denver via Devils Lake was also cancelled, he said.

"The airport didn't close, but because of the runway conditions and wind the airline decided not to land in Jamestown," Seafeldt said.

The blowing wind made it difficult for the airport to keep snow and ice accumulations off of the runway, he said. The airline also takes other weather conditions such on visibility into account, he said.

Airport crews were working late to help ensure the runway would be acceptable for Flight No. 5104 from Denver to land at 10:45 p.m. Monday and Flight No. 5101 to Denver to depart at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, he said.

Stutsman, Dickey and LaMoure counties were in the western edge of a weather system that brought blizzard conditions to eastern North Dakota, said Alex Edwards, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Bismarck. The amount of snow that fell in Jamestown area is still not known but was estimated at 2 to 4 inches, he said.

"There was a little freezing rain early this (Monday) morning that was mixed with snow and with temperatures below freezing it created slick roads," Edwards said.

Temperatures should be around 19 degrees on Tuesday but northwest winds gusting to 30 mph could drive the wind chill down to 3 degrees to -14 degrees, he said.

"We are definitely concerned about the wind chill," he said.

A northern clipper will move in on Wednesday, he said. The system will bring strong winds and up to an inch of snow in some areas around Jamestown, he said.