The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for Jamestown and areas south and north for early Thursday into Friday morning.
"There is no question we'll get a lot of wind," said Adam Jones, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Bismarck.
Forecasts on Wednesday estimated the system could bring up to 2 inches to the Jamestown area.
The high winds with any amount of new snow could reduce visibility and make travel difficult.
"It won't be much (snow)," Jones said, "but with 50 to 60 mph winds, it doesn't take a lot of snow to cause a lot of problems."
The National Weather Service issued the winter weather advisory early Wednesday afternoon, forecasting wind gusts as high as 55 mph creating areas of blowing snow. Drivers should plan on hazardous travel conditions. Blowing snow could reduce visibility at times, the weather service said.
Areas included in the winter weather advisory from 3 a.m. Thursday to 9 a.m. Friday are Stutsman, LaMoure, Dickey, Wells, Foster, Rolette and Pierce counties.
So far this winter hasn't caused a lot of road problems in the county, according to Mickey Nenow, Stutsman County road superintendent.
"We've been out once," he said, referring to sending snowplows out to clear roads. "There were just some drifts in the sheltered areas then."
Nenow said they would likely send the plows out again if there were wind and snow over the next days.
With an absence of snow to plow, county road crews have been working on other projects.
"Rocking on slough areas along township and county roads and some tree trimming along the roads," he said. "It has been pretty pleasant working on things outdoors so far this winter."
Nenow said high winds could have caused road erosion problems from wave actions in sloughs if the wind had occurred before the sloughs froze over.
The light snows the area has received have added moisture to some roads allowing blading to eliminate washboards in some areas also, Nenow said. That work will likely continue as long as the weather allows.
Jones said the current weather system is a brief change in the mild winter weather the area has enjoyed so far this winter.
"Cooler temperatures than we've had for Thursday and Friday with highs in the mid to upper 20s," he said.
A normal high temperature for North Dakota this time of year is 20 degrees. The average daily high for Jamestown begins increasing about Jan. 20, according to National Weather Service statistics.
"Next week we could warm up into the 30s again," Jones said.