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Icy Missouri River

The morning sun shone on the ice accumulated on the Missouri River between Mandan and Bismarck.

Wind gusts reaching 50 mph will push through central portions of the state as an arctic cold front drops into North Dakota from Canada. The highest wind gust recorded as of 12:15 p.m. was 33 mph at the Montana and North Dakota border in northwestern Divide County, according to the National Weather Service in Bismarck. 

A winter weather advisory — in effect through 6 a.m. Thursday — has been issued by the National Weather Service in Bismarck. Since 12:15 p.m., the highest recorded wind gust in Bismarck reached 16 mph.

Wind chills are expected to drop to 35 below zero. Less than one inch of accumulated snow is anticipated, according to the National Weather Service in Bismarck.

For areas east of Jamestown, the advisory has been upgraded to a blizzard warning in effect through 9 a.m. Thursday.

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