Burleigh & Morton Counties were initially left out of the watches and warnings as this winter system approaches.

It now appears we will more than likely receive shovelable snow in the Bismarck, Mandan, and Lincoln areas.

NOAA/National Weather Service
NOAA/National Weather Service

You can add Stark, Morton, Burleigh, Kidder, Grant, Hettinger, Oliver, and Wells to the Winter Storm Watch Counties in North Dakota.

This includes the cities of Dickinson, Elgin, Flasher, Carson, Bismarck, Mandan, Lincoln, Sterling, Wing, and Steele.

So, how much snow are we going to get in Bismarck, Mandan, and Lincoln?

They are saying up to 6 inches inside the Winter Storm Watch area but our local forecast hasn't committed to that yet.  I think it's going to depend on how long takes for it to change over to all snow.

This storm system will start out as a chilly rain for the Bismarck Mandan area before it turns over to all snow.  The timing of when that happens will determine how much accumulating snow we will receive.

The Winter Storm Watch for Bismarck, Mandan, and our listening area will go into effect Thursday morning at 1 a.m. and run through Friday morning at 6 a.m.

There is a 50 to 80% chance of 6 or more inches of snow inside the watch area.  We could see some freezing rain before it turns over to all snow.  This could cause some slippery and hazardous driving conditions.

In addition, patchy blowing snow could impact travel and your Thursday morning commute.

It's time to learn how to drive on snow again.

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