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Blizzard warning issued for Stutsman, other counties

Interstate 94 from Dickinson to West Fargo is closed.

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Semitrailers are parked in the Walmart parking lot on Thursday, Dec. 15, waiting for Interstate 94 to reopen from Dickinson to Jamestown.
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JAMESTOWN – A winter storm dropped another 2 inches of snow Wednesday into Thursday morning, Dec. 14-15, and a blizzard warning was issued shortly after noon.

The Jamestown area could get another 3 to 6 inches of snow Thursday into Friday morning, said Todd Hamilton, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Bismarck. Winds were forecast to gust up to 50 mph.

The North Dakota State Hospital reported 2 inches of snow Wednesday into Thursday morning. Jamestown received 9 inches of snow Tuesday into Wednesday morning.

Hamilton said the winds Thursday will be around 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 40 to 50 mph.

The blizzard warning is in effect for Foster, Kidder, LaMoure, Logan, Stutsman and Wells counties until 6 a.m. Friday, Dec. 16.

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A no-travel advisory has been issued for Barnes, Dickey, Eddy, Griggs, Foster, Kidder, LaMoure, Logan, McIntosh, Ransom, Sheridan, Stutsman and Wells counties shortly. A no-travel advisory means conditions are such that motorists should not travel in these areas due to hazardous winter weather driving conditions.

The North Dakota and the North Dakota Highway Patrol have closed U.S. Highway 52 from Harvey to Jamestown. Both lanes of Interstate 94 are closed from Dickinson to West Fargo.

Currently, motorists could encounter blowing snow, reduced visibility and compacted snow and ice on the highways, said Sgt. Evan Savageau with the patrol.

“So, they are slick,” he said.

Savageau said high wind speeds will make travel extremely difficult as the wind picks up mixed with the snow.

“We just ask people to stay in tune with what the weather is doing and then follow our travel information map and use really sound judgment if you think travel is necessary today,” he said. “If it’s not an emergency or an absolutely necessity to travel, use your best decision making on that.”

Masaki Ova joined The Jamestown Sun in August 2021 as a reporter. He grew up on a farm near Pingree, N.D. He majored in communications at the University of Jamestown, N.D.
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