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A winter storm bore down on North Dakota Wednesday, with additional snowfall accumulation expected through Thursday morning.

National Weather Service Bismarck issued a winter weather advisory Wednesday in effect through early Thursday morning for portions of north central and south central North Dakota, with winds gusting as high as 40 mph causing widespread blowing and drifting snow.

There were some weather-related cancellations Wednesday. The University of Mary cancelled evening classes at its campuses across the state. Standing Rock public schools dismissed classes early Wednesday due to weather and road conditions.

The heaviest snowfall was expected to occur overnight Wednesday and should taper off Thursday morning from west to east, according to NWS meteorologist Adam Jones. Bismarck is expected to see about five to six inches of snow.

"(It's a) good old-fashioned winter storm coming out of Colorado and the Rocky Mountains," Jones said. "We’re getting some of that Pacific moisture, and it’s causing a lot of trouble."

Thursday morning, after the storm moves out, the cold air is forecast to take hold. High temperatures on Thursday aren’t expected to get above zero degrees. Cold air is expected to remain all the way through the beginning of next week, with most days seeing wind chills at about minus 30 degrees.

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