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Published: Fri, December 02, 2016
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Up to 12 inches of snow forecast as weather service issues warning

Up to 12 inches of snow forecast as weather service issues warning

The heaviest snow will fall across central North Dakota where eight to 12 inches is forecast, spanning from Fort Yates to Bismarck to Minot and the Turtle Mountains.

Otherwise, all snow is forecast with this storm, the National Weather Service indicated in the warning, which was increased from a Winter Storm Watch that had been posted since early last week.

The advisory is in effect until 6 p.m. this evening.

It's expected that 2 to 5 inches of snow could fall between 5,000 feet and 6,500 feet, and 4 to 8 inches of snow could fall between 6,500 feet and 8,000 feet with greater amounts above 8,000 feet.

The weather service said the Monday morning commute could be especially hazardous throughout the region. Across the west winds will gust between 30 and 40 miles per hour. Be prepared with your winter preparedness survival kit if you plan to travel in the High Country. Expect icy, snow packed roads with blowing snow.

Meanwhile the lower elevations of Southern Colorado and Northern Mountains of New Mexico are under a Winter Weather Advisory.

Snow is expected to continue Monday night as lows dip into the upper 20s.

Communities in southeastern Idaho - Bannock, Bingham, Caribou, Power, Bear Lake, Franklin and Oneida counties - can expect snowfall of between two and five inches, according to NOAA. Winds will gust up to 55 miles per hour across the east, particularly those areas just east of the central mountain chain.

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