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Cold, snowy week in forecast

The worst of the snow from the latest weather system will likely have fallen by Monday morning, according to Nathan Heinert, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Bismarck.

That means people will be dealing with blowing snow and cold to start the week.

"The worst of the snowfall tapers off by Monday morning," Heinert said. "The blowing snow continues through Monday evening."

Heinert said the Jamestown area could receive 4 to 6 inches of snow with most of the forecasts indicating closer to the 6-inch mark.

Snow started in the western part of North Dakota early Sunday and reached the Bismarck area about noon, Heinert said. The North Dakota Department of Transportation issued a travel alert for northeast North Dakota at 10 a.m. Sunday.

The city of Jamestown announced Friday that snow removal would start on the emergency routes at 5 a.m. Monday, move to residential neighborhoods at 11 a.m. Monday and return to the downtown area at 11 p.m. The snow-plowing schedule is subject to change depending on actual weather conditions.

Then there is another round of cold coming to the area.

"Highs will be in the single digits below zero through Friday," Heinert said. "Overnight lows 15 to 25 degrees below zero."

Heinert said he expects wind chill advisories or warnings to be in effect all week. Wind chill advisories are issued when wind chills are expected to be lower than 25 below zero. Wind chill warnings are issued for expected wind chills of 40 below zero or lower.

Given the air temperatures, Heinert expected wind chill advisories may be issued for the daytime hours while wind chill warnings could be put in place at night all week.

"It is just a big chunk of cold air from the arctic," he said. "It is going to bring us another extended period of colder than normal conditions."

Along with the cold weather, low pressure systems may bring some additional snow to the region on Tuesday and Wednesday.

"Lood for an inch to maybe an inch and a half more snow early in the week," Heinert said.