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Wind chills as low as 53 below zero reported in southwest North Dakota

Wind chills as low as 53 below zero reported in southwest North Dakota

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The North Dakota Department of Transportation has extended a travel alert to south central North Dakota, including Bismarck, due to blowing snow, reduced visibility and scattered snow drifts on the roadways.

Dangerous wind chills are expected to continue through Monday, as some southwest North Dakota communities reported wind chills as low as 53 below zero over the weekend.

The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill warning through noon Monday for southwest North Dakota, reminding people to protect themselves against frostbite.

“Remember to stay bundled up and limit your time outside,” said Michael Hollan, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Bismarck.

Some of the coldest wind chills reported Sunday morning were 53 below zero in Beach and Bowman, 49 below at Denhoff and 48 below at Hettinger, Wishek and Grassy Butte, according to the National Weather Service.

In Bismarck, the wind chill was 44 below zero early Sunday morning.

The rest of North Dakota is in a wind chill advisory through noon Monday, with wind chills expected to be as low as 40 below zero.

Some western North Dakota cities set records over the weekend.

On Sunday, Dickinson at least tied its record low temperature for the day at 19 below zero, Hollan said Sunday evening.

On Saturday, Dickinson and Williston set records for the coldest maximum temperature recorded that day. The high at Dickinson was 1 below zero and the high at Williston was 5 below, according to the National Weather Service.

McLean County issued a no travel advisory Sunday due to blowing and drifting snow.  

On Monday, the high temperatures are expected to be around 5 to 10 above zero across western North Dakota, though it will still be fairy windy, Hollan said.

“It will still feel very cold,” he said.

Temperatures are expected to gradually warm up this week, with highs in the 20s predicted for Friday through Sunday.

“It does look like we start to get a little closer to normal,” Hollan said.

There's a no travel advisory for all of Morton County tonight.

(Reach Amy Dalrymple at 701-250-8267 or


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