Snow not out of the question for Dickinson
The weather is a tricky thing to predict and the forecast for Dickinson and southwest North Dakota couldn't have been any trickier Thursday evening as meteorologists tried to determine if snow will fall today.
"Right now, there's quite a bit of uncertainty over the amount of snow," said Bismarck-based National Weather Service meteorologist Tony Merriman. "It all depends on when the rain changes over to snow. We're talking less than a degree, that's how close it is. If that degree doesn't fall off, it could be all rain (today). If it does, it could mean more than 2 to 4 inches (of snow)."
Merriman said forecasts on Thursday were showing increasing chances of rain overnight for Dickinson. Meteorologists believed the change to snow would take place before sunrise today.
"What's really going to be noticeable is going to be the wind," Merriman said. "That's going to be the main impact ... and it's probably going to be blowing some snow around after it changes over."
How much snow would stay on the ground was also an unanswerable question as soil temperatures were steady at about 55 degrees, meaning there would be "quite a bit of melting," Merriman said.
Other areas in southwest North Dakota had similar forecasts, except Hettinger and Sioux County. Merriman said residents there were looking at a possible 4 to 6 inches of snow.