Some of the coldest air yet in 2019 is forecasted to descend upon North Dakota on Sunday, according to meteorologist Patrick Ayd with the National Weather Service in Bismarck.
"This is the coldest air mass we have had this season," he said.
Wind chills Sunday night are expected to be as low as minus 50 degrees with gusts as high as 60 mph.
"Wind chills are going to be brutal across the state," Ayd said. "This is the coldest air mass we have had this season."
Ayd expressed high confidence in the cold temperatures extending throughout next week.
"That is prolonged," he said of the frigid cold that is expected to continue through Feb. 1.
Temperatures are expected to moderate in February, according to Ayd, who said, "I wouldn't say it is going to be balmy."
There is potential for 4 inches of snow to fall this weekend in the Bismarck and Mandan areas, according to the National Weather Service in Bismarck.
The main winter weather system will move into western North Dakota on Saturday morning, spreading east throughout the day. Snow will continue throughout the day on Sunday and ending Monday morning.
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