Article By Dave Thompson

BISMARCK, N.D. (Prairie Public Radio) –

That’s National Weather Service forecaster Todd Hamilton in Bismarck, describing a winter storm that will likely impact the region starting later today.

Already the Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for most of southwestern and central North Dakota. That warning takes effect this afternoon, and will run through tomorrow night. For northwestern North Dakota, it’s a Winter Weather Advisory.

Hamilton says this will likely be accompanied by strong winds.

A second round is coming Friday through Saturday. Hamilton says that will likely bring heavy snow to the James River Valley and east – possibly a foot or more.

Hamilton says if you have travel plans, it might be wise to reconsider.