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A mist rises from the open waters of the Missouri River near the piers of the BNSF railroad bridge as geese huddle on the ice-covered bank or swim into the icy water on Wednesday afternoon. With the air temperature well below zero and wind chills factor nearing -30 degree, mist is created from the dangerously cold but warmer water temperature. 

The National Weather Service in Bismarck is warning that 4 to 9 inches of snow may fall Sunday through Monday morning.

The National Weather Service on Friday issued a winter storm watch for all of North Dakota.

The winter storm watch means there's a potential for significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations that may impact travel. Blowing snow is possible in eastern North Dakota.


The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for all of North Dakota, with 4 to 9 inches of snow possible in some areas of the state.

Another shot of arctic air with dangerous wind chills is also expected to follow next week. The lowest forecast wind chill for next week in Bismarck is minus 35.

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