Weather Forecast


More winter

Officials are prepared for another round of snow and wind across the southeast section of North Dakota.

"Lord knows we have had lots of practice," said Charlie Russell, Dickey County emergency manager.

The storm has been in the forecast since early in the week but has gained in intensity and is moving north of what had originally been forecast.

"It's a big, powerful storm," said Adam Jones, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Bismarck. "The path is slightly more north than we had originally predicted."

NWS forecasts as of Wednesday afternoon called for 3 to 5 inches of snow Thursday in the Jamestown area with as much as much as 8 to 12 inches of snow in the Ellendale and Fargo areas. Wind gusts of up to 40 mph are possible with the storm.

Jones said storm conditions will vary greatly along the edge of the system.

"Bismarck may see nothing out of this storm," he said. "Jamestown and south could see some nasty conditions but even northern Stutsman County may see significantly less snow."

The nasty conditions include wind, snow, reduced visibility and, in some areas, roads already damaged by spring flooding, Russell said.

"Up to about 60% of the road infrastructure in Dickey County has severe damage," he said. "Winds of 40 mph could blow over flags and signs and leave people with no warning of where they will run into a culvert that is out or a washed out road."

Russell is advising people in Dickey County to shelter in place during the storm.

"Road closed, means road closed," he said. "What makes this dangerous is there won't be any markers out there."

Jones said the snow that does fall will be wet and heavy. The water equivalent of the 3 to 5 inches of snow forecast in Jamestown could be a quarter- to a half-inch. The 8 to 12 inches of snow in the Ellendale area could be the equivalent of 1 inch of rain, compounding overland flooding in Dickey County, Russell said.

There is less concern in Stutsman County, according to Mickey Nenow, Stutsman County road superintendent. The county road department still has the plows on its trucks and road graders.

"We should be OK," Nenow said, "and we know it won't last long."

A call to Harold Sad, Jamestown street department foreman, was not returned Wednesday.

Jones declined to say if this might be the last gasp of winter in North Dakota.

"There is still stuff out there," he said, referring to another weather system moving across the United States next week. "It is too early to say this is it."