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Cold temperatures forecast for holiday

While the worst of the snow missed the Jamestown area Wednesday night into Thursday morning, we aren’t going to be so fortunate with the cold, according to Zachary Hargrove, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Bismarck.

Measurements taken at 6 a.m. Thursday at the North Dakota State Hospital showed 2 inches of new snow in Jamestown. Hargrove said areas in northwest North Dakota reported 5 to 6 inches overnight.

“The snow band stayed to the north of Bismarck and Jamestown,” he said. “Places like Crosby reported 6 inches and Minot and Max 5 inches.”

There is another chance for light snow on Friday, Hargrove said.

“It is a high probability of snow,” he said. “But extremely light snow.”

Cold temperatures “mean business” Hargrove said, in regard to the Christmas weekend forecast.

Overnight lows for Christmas Eve night into Christmas Day are forecast at minus 11 degrees. Daytime highs on Christmas Day could reach just 3 degrees.

“There is no warm up in the seven-day forecast,” Hargrove said. “Wind chills will be the biggest hazards. We could see 25 to 35 below on Christmas morning.”

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