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Published March 22, 2011, 10:55 AM

Major Storm Pushing into North Dakota

A strong storm pushed into North Dakota on Tuesday, bringing freezing rain and wind and promising up to a foot and a half of snow in some areas by late Wednesday.

By: Associated Press,

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A strong storm pushed into North Dakota on Tuesday, bringing freezing rain and wind and promising up to a foot and a half of snow in some areas by late Wednesday.

National Weather Service advisories ranged from an ice warning in the west and south to a watch for overland flooding in the southeast.

Weather service meteorologist Joshua Scheck in Bismarck said spring storms that dump heavy snow on North Dakota are not uncommon, even into early June.

"I understand it's spring and nobody wants more snow," Scheck said. "But this is not unusual."

The additional moisture could add to flooding worries across North Dakota, he said.

"This isn't going to help the flood situation statewide," Scheck said. "Adding around an inch of moisture in the snowpack will not help anything."

A travel alert remained in effect statewide Tuesday, as snow and freezing rain turned roads into a slippery, slushy mess. A no-travel advisory was posted for some areas, including on U.S. Highway 83 from Coleharbor to Minot.

Minot airport director Andy Solsvig said afternoon flights were canceled because of strong winds, low visibility, and icy conditions.

Highway Patrol Lt. Jody Skogen said at midday that there had been no serious accidents or injuries reported. He called the forecast ominous.

"I'm hopeful people will adjust their plans accordingly and avoid traveling in these conditions," he said.

Scheck said freezing rain was expected to turn to snow Wednesday night, with the highest accumulation — up to 18 inches — expected east of Minot. No area in North Dakota would dodge the spring storm, he said.

"We're all going to deal with winds, decreased visibility and very heavy snow," Scheck said.

Temperatures across the state are expected to stay below freezing for about a week, he said.

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