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Western, central North Dakota could be hit by 'potentially significant' holiday storm

Western, central North Dakota could be hit by 'potentially significant' holiday storm

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A "potentially significant" winter storm is expected to impact western and central North Dakota this Thanksgiving holiday weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

Potential impacts include closed roads, dangerous travel conditions and power outages, meteorologist Ken Simosko said Tuesday. The weather service ranked the potential impacts "high" on a scale of low to high. 

"Be prepared for the possibility of significant winter weather impacts this weekend," the weather service's Bismarck office said in a statement. "Travel may become very hazardous across the region."

Forecasters expect light snow, possibly mixed with freezing rain, to develop across the area Thursday afternoon and evening. Heavy snow is expected to spread across the area beginning Friday night and lasting through Saturday. Winds are forecast to become strong on Saturday, with the chance of blizzard conditions and zero visibility.

The weather service on Tuesday wasn't certain about snow amounts or the exact track of the storm, though there's a greater likelihood that parts of southern North Dakota will be impacted the most.

"Those specific elements have not been hammered out yet," Simosko said. "But we hope, as we go through the next three or four days, things will come together and our confidence will speed up a little bit more."

The latest forecast information is available at www.weather.gov/bismarck.

Reach Andy Tsubasa Field at 701-250-8264 or andy.field@bismarcktribune.com.

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