National Weather Service Issues Blizzard Warning for Bismarck
NWS in Bismarck has issued a BLIZZARD WARNING for the area.
The NWS has issued a mixed bag of warnings and watches for the entire state. Heavy wet snow, up to a foot in some areas is predicted. This system will develop late today and tonight, and continue through Monday. This area can expect between 6-12 inches of snow and gusty winds up to 45 MPH. These gusty winds will cause drifting and blowing snow and these conditions will make for hazardous travel for the entire area. Some travel maybe impossible. Stay informed as travel conditions will deteriorate through the afternoon and evening hours into Monday's commute.
A BLIZZARD WARNING means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Snow, and or blowing snow, coupled with strong winds, will result in extremely poor visibilities. this will lead to whiteout conditions, making travel extremely dangerous. If you absolutely must travel, have a winter survival kit with you. If you get stranded, stay with your vehicle.
The effected area includes Bowman, Beach through Dickinson, Killdeer, Center, Bismarck, Mandan, Garrison and Harvey. While winds will be slightly weaker for these areas, significantly reduced visibilities in blowing snow are expected and a Winter Storm Warning is in effect. Further north...3 to 6 inches of snow are forecast for Watford city through Minot and Rugby. A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for these locations.