The National Weather Service in Bismarck has issued a Winter Storm Watch for the Bismarck Mandan area.  This watch is in effect from 6 pm Sunday, February 20th through late Monday, February 21st.  This watch area includes the cities of Bismarck, Strasburg, and Linton.  All of southern North Dakota is in the watch area.

Heavy snow is possible.  Total snow accumulations between 3 and 9 inches possible.  Wind gusts could be as high as 35 mph.  Snow and blowing snow possible with difficult driving conditions possible.  Widespread blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility.

Adding insult to injury, windchills as cold as 40 below zero are possible, as arctic air will move into the region after this storm moves through the area.


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