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Published October 25, 2010, 09:48 AM

Snow, Strong Winds Likely to Hit Our Area

The first measurable snow of the season might be on its way to North Dakota, and the weather could get nasty.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ

Old man winter's appearance this week is going to be a shock with the warm weather we've been enjoying.

By Wednesday, we could see rain changing to snow with some high winds.

This week is Winter Weather Awareness Week in North Dakota.

And the National Weather Service says this week's weather could be a good example of some nasty winter weather.

It might seem a little early to be talking about severe winter weather, but it's nothing too unusual to have a bout with a blizzard in late October.

Radar shows the clouds and moisture that is coming from the southern U.S. with a low pressure moving in from the Rockie Mountains. All this coming together is expected to create high winds and cold temperatures, making for a wintry mix.

"We are going to start seeing rain changing to sleet. By Wednesday, we could start seeing sleet changing to snow and accumulating. We could be sitting in very high winds and snowfall begins, then we start wondering if the blizzard is too far away," meteorologist Greg Gust said.

Gust says there could be accumulation of several inches of snow. So far, it's a little too early to tell. The silver or white lining to this weather story: November is expected to be slightly warmer than normal.

"Really the way that it is looking, by this coming weekend, we will warming now into normal temperatures. Trying to get back up to 45 to 50 degrees even with that sunshine. If we get snow and ice, we are going to melt that off," Gust said.

Gust says the weather pattern for this winter is showing below average temperatures, with above average snowfall. But he doesn't expect to see that happen until late December or into January.