• Your National Weather Service Forecast Offices in Bismarck and Grand Forks provide forecast and warning services for the state of North Dakota.
  • The National Weather Service communicates the potential for severe winter weather using thee tiers, first in the Hazardous Weather Outlook, followed by a Watch and then an Advisory or Warning.

    Product Type

     Description

    When Issued

    Hazardous Weather Outlook

    Designed to outline anticipated weather hazards for the next seven days and provide the first  heads up to any possible severe winter weather.

    At least once per day
    Watch Issued when the confidence level for severe winter weather is at least 50% (uncertainty remains in exact timing and location of the storm). Normally issued 36-48 hours prior to the event
    Warning Issued when there is a direct threat to life and property from severe winter weather that has a high probability of occurrence (80% or higher), or is imminent or occurring. Normally issued 12-24 hours prior to the event
    Advisory Issued for winter weather conditions that have a high probabilty of occurrence, are imminent or already occurring, that may cause an inconvenience. If precautions are NOT taken, a situation may develop that may threaten life. Normally issued 12-24 hours prior to the event

  • New for the winter of 2012-2013, after an experiment issuing Extreme Cold Watches and Warnings, the NWS in Bismarck will go back to issuing Wind Chill Watches, Advisories and Warnings this winter.

    Product Type

    Description

    Blizzard Warning When sustained or frequent wind gusts of 35 mph or greater with visibilities of less than one quarter mile for at least three hours are expected.
    Winter Storm Warning When six inches of snow in 12 hours or 8 inches in 24 hours are expected and/or 1/2 inch of sleet accumulation (mixed precipitation and blowing snow may also be possible).
    Ice Storm Warning When 0.25 inches or more of ice accumulation is expected.
    Wind Chill Warning When wind chill values of -40 F or less are expected.

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