North Dakota gets first winter blast of season

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota got its first real taste of winter weather Tuesday, with some areas getting heavy snow and others strong winds.
The National Weather Service reports that many northern parts of the state got several inches of snow, with 6 inches falling in Minot. Law enforcement agencies in the area reported more than 100 incidents of vehicles sliding into ditches or other vehicles.
Highway Patrol Capt. Gary Orluck says even people who have lived in North Dakota all their lives go through a "learning curve" when the first winter blast of the season rolls through. Traffic also has increased because of the booming oil patch.
Eastern North Dakota dealt with strong winds, nearing 60 mph in some areas. Winds blew out a wall at an appliance store in Fargo.

7-day weather outlook for Barnes, Ransom and Sargent Counties; including the cities of Valley City, Lisbon and Gwinner
4:04 a.m. CST Wednesday, Nov. 16 2011

-Wednesday...Partly sunny. Scattered flurries in the afternoon. Highs
In the mid 20s. Northwest winds 15 to 25 mph.
-Wednesday night...Partly cloudy. Lows 10 to 15. Southwest winds 5 to
15 mph.

-Thursday...Partly sunny. Highs in the mid 30s. Southeast winds
5 to 15 mph.
-Thursday night...Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 20s.

-Friday...Partly sunny. Highs 40 to 45.
-Friday night...Cloudy. Chance of light snow. Lows 15 to 20.

-Saturday...Cloudy. Chance of light snow. Highs 20 to 25.
-Saturday night...Partly cloudy. Slight chance of light snow.
Lows 5 to 10.

-Sunday...Partly sunny. Highs 20 to 25.
-Sunday night...Partly cloudy. Lows 10 to 15.

-Monday...Mostly sunny. Highs 25 to 30.
-Monday night...Partly cloudy. Lows 15 to 20.

-Tuesday...Mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 30s.