Fresh snow

Mikayla Jahner whisks snow from her car in downtown Bismarck during a February squall that passed over central North Dakota leaving up to 3 inches of fresh snow in its wake. Jahner said she's ready for spring and is ready to watch her son play baseball. Meteorologist Patrick Ayd with the National Weather Service said, in local weather history, February ranks in the top five for cold and top 10 for snowiest on record. 

Meteorologists are keeping a close eye on an “impactful system” that’s expected to drop “accumulating” snow over portions of the state this weekend. The wind could gust, as well.

“Pretty much everyone south of the Highway 2 corridor will see some accumulating snowfall from this,” said Todd Hamilton, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Bismarck. “Right now, it’s trending a little more toward the southeast corner of the state receiving the greatest impacts of this system.”

There’s a “good probability” southeast North Dakota will receive 6 inches of snow or more, according to Hamilton, who said the models are “still going back and forth and not agreeing with each other a whole lot.”

Light snow is expected to move into western and central portions of the state, including Bismarck and Mandan, on Friday night. Snow will begin to fall more heavily throughout the day on Saturday, with the heaviest precipitation expected Saturday night into Sunday morning, according to Hamilton.

Winds are expected to pick up Saturday afternoon and continue into Sunday, when the system is expected to slowly move out of the area.

“Saturday night and Sunday morning look to be the times of greatest impact with snow and winds combined,” Hamilton said.

The “big system” also is expected to impact Minnesota and Wisconsin.

“Keep checking back. If you have travel plans, especially over southern and eastern North Dakota and east this weekend, check back,” Hamilton said. “It does look like it’s going to be an impactful system.”

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(Reach Cheryl McCormack at 701-250-8264 or cheryl.mccormack@bismarcktribune.com.)​