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Brian Oster carries a load of groceries while pedaling home to downtown Mandan on Tuesday afternoon. "It's a good workout, but it's kind of heavy on the shoulder," he said.

Bismarck and Mandan residents might be in luck.

A late season winter storm predicted for Thursday night into Saturday may only bring about two inches of snow to Bismarck-Mandan, according to the National Weather Service office in Bismarck.

Computer forecast models have been showing different results in recent days, including various possibilities of snow accumulation, according to Zack Hargrove, a meteorologist at NWS Bismarck. However, in the past couple days, these models have shown similar outcomes of the heaviest snowfall shifting further south into South Dakota.

"It’s not impossible that it could shift back north again, but right now we don’t think that’s likely," Hargrove said.

Four inches of snow or greater is still expected along the North Dakota-South Dakota border, including Grant, Bowman, Hettinger, Slope, Grant, Sioux and possibly southern Morton counties.

Today, there will be a light wintry mix over parts of the west and the south central, which could include Bismarck. No major snow is expected, and there could be a light glaze of ice accumulation. Icy roads are possible for morning commuters.

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