Winter storm warning issued for much of western, central ND

Winter storm warning issued for much of western, central ND

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A "significant" winter storm expected to roll into the Northern Plains after Thanksgiving could drop more than a foot of snow on parts of North Dakota and create problems for post-holiday travelers.

The National Weather Service on Thursday posted a winter storm warning for much of the western two-thirds of North Dakota from Friday evening through mid-Sunday, the time period of expected "peak storm intensity."

Light freezing rain could impact the region before the heavy snow hits, with blizzard conditions possible later Friday and through Saturday. The wind could gust as high as 45 mph, blowing around 9-15 inches of snow in southern North Dakota and 5-11 inches to the north, creating whiteout conditions.

"Southern areas of North Dakota continue to be favored for the worst impacts," the weather service said.

The Bismarck area is expected to get 12-15 inches of snow, according to the weather service.

"Travel could become impossible Friday night through Saturday," the weather service said. "Power outages may also occur."

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

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