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Update: Slick roads lead to 21 accidents

Freezing snow and wind were factors in 21 accidents between 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday with one minor injury related to a health issue, according to Maj. Justin Blinsky, assistant chief of the Jamestown Police Department.

“The accidents were all over town,” Blinsky said. “There was no one concentration.”

The city’s sanding trucks were out in force but the continuing wind and snowfall with freezing temperatures still make travel around town treacherous, he said.

“There is a glaze of ice on almost every city street and it’s not possible to sand everything, and so we encourage people to drive with caution and to be aware of their surroundings,” Blinsky siad. “Drive slow and slow down well before intersections.”

Stutsman County Sheriff Chad Kaiser said county roads were not as slick as in Jamestown. There were no accidents to report, he said.

The National Weather Service issued a special weather statement for 30 mph winds with 50 mph gusts and blowing snow including Jamestown and Stutsman County. Snow accumulations of 1 to 3 inches in combination with strong winds created slippery roads and reduced visibility.

“It’s hard to measure snow with the kinds of winds we’ve had today,” said Michael Hollan, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Bismarck. “We should see a gradual decrease in wind and snow this evening.”

The wind advisories expired at 6 p.m. but winds will still be averaging 15 to 25 mph overnight with gusts of 30 mph, he said. Freezing temperatures may also keep some road surfaces slippery overnight, he said.

With the high temperature Wednesday expected to be 24 degrees with northwest winds up to 15 mph the wind chill factor will be around 10 degrees, he said.

“That is very cold for this time of year,” Hollan said.

Another weak clipper system will bring a slight chance of snow Thursday night and Friday morning, he said. There will be another chance of snow on Saturday, he said.

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