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Downtown Bismarck snow

Early morning traffic in downtown Bismarck was slow going on Monday as snow began to accumulate on ice-covered streets as a major winter storm entered the central North Dakota region. Rain mist on Sunday and into the early morning hours on Monday changed to snow as temperatures dropped leaving sidewalks and streets covered with an icy coating. 

Bismarck police responded to 21 vehicle crashes on Monday and early Tuesday morning as 8 inches of snow fell on the region.

Bismarck Police Sgt. Mark Buschena said the incidents did not involve any serious injuries. Bismarck police normally respond to 10 crashes in a typical day, he said.

The National Weather Service recorded 8.2 inches of snow at the Bismarck Airport on Tuesday morning as snow continued to fall. Meteorologist Adam Jones said people reported snowfall totals in Bismarck between 8 and 9 inches.

The Burleigh County Sheriff’s Office responded to two crashes on Monday, said Chief Deputy Kelly Leben.

“Surprisingly, things went very well yesterday with the weather,” Leben said Tuesday morning. “I think a lot of people heard the warnings and took heed and planned accordingly.”

Within Mandan, the police department responded to three crashes on Monday that involved property damage but no injuries, said Lt. Pat Haug.

The Morton County Sheriff's Department responded to six vehicles that slid into a ditch, including on Interstate 94, said county spokeswoman Maxine Herr.

Light snow continued on Tuesday morning but was expected to fade throughout the day, according to the National Weather Service.

(Reach Amy Dalrymple at 701-250-8267 or