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End to unseasonal weather?

Weather conditions are likely to deteriorate toward the end of this week across North Dakota, according to Zach Hargrove, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Bismarck.

Weather conditions are likely to deteriorate toward the end of this week across North Dakota, according to Zach Hargrove, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Bismarck.

"There is a potential for substantial snow and significant wind," he said. "We just don't know where or how much."

Hargrove said the upper level low pressure system that will form the storm is still off the Pacific Coast. The extended forecast at this time has it arriving in North Dakota possibly Thursday night, although Hargrove said the exact timing of the storm is unknown.

"We're still at the end of the time spectrum as far as forecasting the storm goes," he said, referring to the likely time and location of the storm. "The trends have been consistent over the last four or five days that somewhere over North Dakota will see snow."

The storm is also still too far in the future to forecast the amount of precipitation or the amounts of rain or snow the storm might produce. Temperatures are expected to dip into the 20s for highs during the storm from recently unseasonably warm days.

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Hargrove said the storm will be the first of the season, if it materializes.

"Our biggest concern is the mild weather we've been having," he said. "People forget what a North Dakota snow storm is like. This might remind them in a hurry."

Hargrove anticipates the National Weather Service will issue more detailed forecasts, including possible winter weather advisories, on Tuesday or Wednesday.

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