SW North Dakota on winter weather advisory late tonight, Tuesday morning
Southwestern North Dakotans traveling on Christmas Eve will see slick roads in the morning.
“What we’re expecting is tonight some snow and possibly mixed with a little bit of sleet or freezing rain moving into the Dickinson area,” National Weather Service Bismarck meteorologist Rich Kinney said.
That will continue until about 11 a.m. Tuesday, when precipitation will move south.
“We’re not looking at real heavy snow amounts but even light amounts of snow and possibly some sleet or freezing rain would be enough to make roads slick,” Kinney said, “so we certainly encourage folks to check the latest forecast before they head out and also a good idea to take along a winter survival kit in case you get stuck.”
Temperatures will rise more than 50 degrees from Monday to Tuesday, with Dickinson getting up to 30 for Christmas Eve.
The air temperatures should stay just below freezing, so roads won’t see the slickness caused by melting and refreezing, but if temperatures reach about 30 degrees there may be some slush, Kinney said.
“As always this time of year in North Dakota, we just have to slow down and sorta drive to conditions,” Kinney said.
The state Department of Transportation this year debuted its “ND Roads” application for iPhone or Android. With the app, drivers can quickly check road conditions.