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Snow, ice to impact state as April begins

Snow, ice to impact state as April begins

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The Bismarck-Mandan area could see 3-5 inches of snow by early Friday, with areas to the east and southeast potentially seeing half a foot, according to the National Weather Service.

Rain was expected to switch over to freezing rain and snow in the southern James River Valley late Tuesday, and to snow in south central and southwestern North Dakota.

Forecasters said the situation was likely to worsen Thursday, with 4-6 inches expected across much of eastern North Dakota, and about half that amount in the Dickinson and Minot regions. Bismarck-Mandan was in the area expecting 3-5 inches. Patchy blowing snow also was expected.

The storm system was expected to dump snow in several Rockies and Northern Plains states, according to AccuWeather meteorologist Renee Duff. It also was to bring unseasonably cold air across the northwestern tier of the country, with temperatures as much as 20 to 30 degrees below normal in the Upper Midwest including Bismarck, she said.

High temperatures statewide on Thursday and Friday were forecast to be only in the 20s and lower 30s. Overnight lows could drop into the teens. The weekend was expected to be slightly warmer, with highs in the 30s and 40s starting to melt the new snow.

Reach Blake Nicholson at 701-250-8266 or blake.nicholson@bismarcktribune.com.

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