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Weather service expects 2 to 4 inches of snow through Wednesday

BISMARCK — The National Weather Service Center here has issued a special weather statement letting residents of western North Dakota know that a blast of cold winter air is on the way and it’s bringing some snow with it.

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Meteorologist Nathan Heinert on Tuesday said cold air situated over northern Montana is moving southeast across the region, and it was expected to arrive in western North Dakota before dawn Wednesday.

“Snow will start in the west central part (of the state) and expand eastward through tomorrow,” Heinert said Tuesday. “We’re expecting anywhere from 2 to 4 inches through Wednesday night in areas like Beach, Bowman, Dickinson and Killdeer, and then up through Garrison, Devils Lake Basin and the northern Red River Valley.”

Heinert said some strong winds associated with the moving cold front could create areas of blowing snow.

The cold air is expected to stay over North Dakota through at least Saturday, keeping high temperatures from Wednesday through Saturday in the mid- to low 20s. Overnight lows in Dickinson are expected to reach zero while areas to the north can expect subzero overnight lows.

On Sunday, the state can expect “a nice warm up,” Heinert said, as a warm ridge over the Rocky Mountains pushes the cold air out of the area. Highs on Sunday are expected to reach the upper 30s.

As for Thanksgiving week, Heinert said the National Weather Service is forecasting “pretty seasonal temperatures.”

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