FLAKE OUT. Snow will descend on the state today, with a cutoff for this weekend’s event likely running from Bismarck to Minot where totals will depend on how the low pressure moves through the region. Stretches of the eastern portion of North Dakota will see more than a foot of snow as a swinging jet stream pumps moisture up from the gulf to the plains. We’ve got more on the path of the storm along with some trapping news and app reviews in today’s Outdoors Roundup.
Featured Photo: Head for Cover. A flock of turkeys move to shelter. Depending on where you are in the state this weekend, you may want to do the same! Simonson Photo.
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Sat 12/28 – Lt. Snow – Hi 24 Lo 18, Wind N@11, G18, 1” Snow
Tomorrow: Sun 12/29 – Blustery – Hi 19, Lo 15, Wind N@25, G35, 4” Snow
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Moonrise Moonset Overhead Underfoot
10:29AM 7:36PM 3:00PM 2:35AM
Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent (6% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 10:00-11:00AM. Before the snow gets heavy use moonrise and lighter winds for a good morning hunt in our Edge Hour.
BACKSIDE. It may be the back edge of the low that dumps the most snow on North Dakota this weekend as Sunday into Monday produces the bulk of the precipitation. While some models have a large swath of heavy snow covering much of the state, most keep it on the eastern third.
OUGHTA BE DONE. The NDG&F Dept. has announced the closure of river otter trapping in the state as the twentieth otter was harvested over the weekend.
DIALED IN. If you’re a solunar junkie, a great quick-reference app for your watch or your phone is Sundial. The display icon on the watch manages to pack rise and set times, sky location, twilight and percent full all into a tiny circle. A quick tap gives full detail. Best of all, it’s free and totally useful for any hunter or angler.