STORM ON ITS WAY Snow, cold return starting Wednesday afternoon
Kelsey McNally doesn’t think there will be any run on coats, hats, gloves or boots at Home of Economy in Jamestown when blowing snow and subzero temperatures return to the area.
McNally, the assistant manager at Home of Economy, said the store sold a lot of winter gear with the first major cold snap of winter last month and he doesn’t think there will be any run on snow shovels.
After three or four days of well above average temperatures and no new snow, an arctic air mass will move into the Jamestown/ Stutsman County area and most of North Dakota Wednesday morning, bringing freezing rain at first, then snow and wind gusts of up to 35 mph Wednesday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service Bismarck office.
A winter storm watch will be in effect from 3 p.m. Wednesday to 9 a.m. Thursday in the Jamestown area and most of south central and southeast North Dakota. After high temperatures in the mid-30s since Saturday, Wednesday will start with a low of 24 and the high temperature reaching about 30 degrees by 11 a.m.
“That will be a major concern, strong winds, gusts up to 35 miles per hour, and snow.
National ALEX EDWARDS Weather Service , meteorologist in Bismarck
“Then a Canadian low pressure system will move into the area, and temperatures will start to fall Wednesday afternoon,” said Alex Edwards, a National Weather Service meteorologist in the Bismarck office.
The low temperature by Wednesday night will be minus 5, with the high Thursday minus 1.
Edwards said initially Wednesday as the arctic air mass moves into the area, there will be some freezing rain that could make roads slippery. He said there won’t be any significant ice accumul ations from the freezing rain. As the rain turns to snow, the winds will pick up and the area will experience blowing snow that will make visibility difficult.
“That will be a major concern, strong winds, gusts up to 35 miles per hour, and snow,” he said.
The Jamestown area is forecast to get 2 to 4 inches of snowfall during the storm, which will create drifts and make travel difficult, especially going into the evening hours Wednesday into Thursday.
The storm will have moved by midmorning Thursday. After that the winds will decrease from 20 to 25 mph to 11 to 16 mph. Edwards said the arctic air will hang around through the start of next week. The overnight lows will be in the minus teens to minus low 20s, and wind chills as low as minus 30 to minus 40.
“We’ll see a marginal warm up Sunday when the high temperature will be 4,” he said.
By the middle of next week, temperatures will be in the normal range for winter, which is highs around 20 and lows in the single digits.