Jamestown reports 3 inches of new snow as of 6 a.m. Saturday

Mar. 11—JAMESTOWN — A winter storm dropped 3 inches of new snow on Jamestown as of 6 a.m. Saturday, according to measurements taken at the North Dakota State Hospital. The storm has shut down Interstate 94 from Jamestown to Montana, and the state is in a no-travel advisory, according to the North Dakota Department of Transportation map. U.S. 52 is also closed from Jamestown to Minot.

The National Weather Service in Bismarck issued a blizzard warning for much of North Dakota. The blizzard warning for counties in the Jamestown region was issued through 4 a.m. Sunday.

The weather service said winds could gust as high as 55 mph and 1 to 4 more inches of snow were possible in Stutsman, Wells, Foster, LaMoure, Logan, Dickey, Kidder, McLean, Sheridan, Burleigh and McIntosh counties. Travel would be difficult to impossible with widespread blowing snow significantly reducing visibility, the weather service said. Winds may briefly subside during the day but increase again by evening.

In Jamestown, no accidents had been reported as of 7:30 a.m., but there were a few reports of vehicles being stuck.

"The visibility is obviously diminished (a little) with the snow coming down ...," said Sgt. Bob Schlenvogt, shift supervisor of the Jamestown Police Department. He said roads are getting filled with snow but were still passable as of 7:30.

"The entire state is no travel advised which doesn't mean you can't, it just means you probably should think twice about it," he said.

"If people are going to be driving around town they need to take it easy, slow down, increase their following distances, so if they do have to hit the brakes suddenly they have more distance from the vehicle in front of them so they're not crashing into them," Schlenvogt said.