Winter Weather Update- WINTER STORM WARNING
Is it really spring? After all, this is North Dakota.
If you need to look for the silver lining, the farmers and agriculture community need the moisture. The National Weather Service in Bismarck has issued a WINTER STORM WARNING for the region.
East of the Bismarck area is under the gun for snow accumulation, but locally, the counties of Rolette, Burleigh, Logan, La Moure, McIntosh and Dickey are included in the area to receive moderate snow accumulations.
The timing is Friday evening though Saturday morning. The effects of the system will include heavy and wet mixed precipitation. Total snow accumulations of 4 to 6 inches are possible. Localized amounts up to 8 inches are possible in the Sheyenne River valley. As with the system last weekend which moved through the area, the precipitation may start as rain initially, but quickly change to snow.
This will be the wet heavy snow that some call the 'heart-attack' snow. Meaning, the wet and heavy snow is difficult to shovel and can lead to heath issues, including an aching back.
Freezing drizzle possible Saturday early morning, as the system moves out of the area with difficult travel conditions, including during the evening commute with significant reductions in visibility are possible.
Morton County and Mandan and areas west of the Missouri River are on the fringe of the system.
**UPDATE, Thursday,3/22, 5:15AM
The NWS has upgraded the weather advisory to a WINTER STORM WARNING, yet much of the energy of this system will still be to the east of the Bismarck area, with Morton county, still on the fringe of the system. The counties under the gun are Mountrail-McLean-Burleigh.
Heavy snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 6 to 10 inches with localized amounts up to 12 inches. A light glaze of ice is possible Friday night with freezing drizzle. Travel will be impacted with more of the heaviest snow fall to the east of the Missouri River.
The timing of the storm is From 4 AM Friday to 7 AM CDT Saturday.
Stay with Townsquare Media for continuous updates as this system moves through the area.