Williston, ND (KEYZ) Hazardous driving conditions out there as a snow storm driven by high winds and arctic temps slams into the Bakken just about time folks head to work and school. Forecaster Ken Somasko with the National Weather Service tells news radio, the snow will be light; however winds will hamper visibility and contribute to slick travel conditions. “We’re looking at strong winds initially with the front, northwesterly about 25 to 35 miles per hour. For the most part this afternoon will be northwest 20 to 20 miles per hour and we will have periods of light snow and blowing snow, with total accumulations running around 2 inches,” says Somasko.
Somasko warns about hazardous driving conditions. “Especially if your driving along highway 2 and south during the day today, the further south you proceed the more snow and and stronger winds you’ll have,” he says.
The snow will taper off this afternoon, yet dangerous wind chills will remain throughout the rest of the week and into the weekend, with temps over night dropping to minus 30 and 35 degrees. A second round of light snow will hit us Thursday night into Friday morning with another 1 to 2 inches.