Jamestown residents could wake up to 4 to 6 inches of snow and high winds Saturday that will create conditions that "pretty much as bad as they get," according to Megan Jones, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Bismarck.
Jones said the snow depth may be tough to measure with blowing and drifting of snow causing potential whiteout conditions in the area. A whiteout is defined as a reduction in visibility so that no horizon line is visible. It can be caused by snow, sand or fog.
"The blizzard conditions continue through Saturday with 55 mph winds," she said. Travelers should monitor the conditions and adjust plans accordingly. The weather may impact the Hockey Day North Dakota event planned at an outdoor rink on the University of Jamestown campus through the weekend.
While Saturday may not bring much new snow, windchills will be near 35 degrees below zero and visibility near zero for much of the day in the James River Basin.
"The winds die down late Saturday but it stays cold through Sunday," Jones said.
While the weekend forecast seems bleak, there is a better weather forecast for next week.
"Tuesday through Thursday we should see temperatures into the 20s," Jones said. "That is near normal or just slightly above normal but when we've been below zero for so long, we'll take it."