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ONE-TWO WEATHER PUNCH Snow followed by cold and wind forecast for the area

Traffic slows on Business Loop West as snow begins to fall late Wednesday afternoon in Jamestown. Tom LaVenture / The Sun

The Jamestown area is in for a one-two punch of winter weather, according to Adam Jones, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Bismarck.

A low pressure system that brought snow and wind to the Colorado area of the Rocky Mountains moved northeast. Cold arctic air is predicted to bring a mix of snow, blowing snow and frigid wind chills for much of North Dakota today.

Gusty winds of up to 30 mph were expected with nearblizzard conditions through much of today, according to the NWS. A winter weather advisory for south-central North Dakota through 9 a.m. today predicted up to 6 inches of snow, winds up to 30 mph and wind chills to 25 degrees below zero.

The North Dakota Department of Transportation and the North Dakota Highway Patrol issued a no-travel advisory at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday for northeastern North Dakota. The advisory was issued due to blowing and drifting snow creating hazardous driving conditions especially at bridges, guard rails and other sheltered areas, according to the NDDOT. Areas included in the no-travel advisory were Cando, Rugby, Maddock, Carrington, Devils Lake, Grafton, Michigan, Grand Forks, Hillsboro and surrounding areas.

" The pattern over the next week is really cold. Late next week we could be in for another system just like this one, though.

ADAM JONES, meteorologist, National Weather Service in Bismarck

A no-travel advisory means that conditions are such that motorists should not travel in these areas. Motorists travel at their own risk in a no-travel advisory, and emergency responders might not be able to reach stranded drivers safely, the NDDOT said.

If conditions continue to deteriorate a roadclosed or blocked advisory may be posted, NDDOT said Wednesday evening.

A statewide travel alert issued Wednesday evening remained in effect for North Dakota as wintery conditions were rapidly changing, NDDOT said. The alert included the entire state due to snow and blowing snow causing reduced visibility and snowdrifts at bridges, guard rails and other sheltered areas, according to NDDOT.

Jones said the heaviest amounts of snow are expected north of Jamestown with lesser amounts to the south. However, the entire region will see lower temperatures with Thursday, Friday and Saturday all forecast to have high temperatures below zero.

The forecast includes snow flurries Friday.

“The pattern over the next week is really cold,” Jones said. “Late next week we could be in for another system just like this one, though.”

The snow Wednesday night added to the 8.5 inches of snow Jamestown has received so far this winter. Normal for this time of year would be about 18 inches of snow, Jones said.

“This storm won’t get us back to normal,” he said, “but there is still plenty of winter left.”

knorman@jamestownsun.com

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