DICKINSON, N.D. — Winter isn’t over yet for southwest North Dakota.

Residents there woke up Saturday morning, May 18, to snow on the ground, prompting the North Dakota Department of Transportation to issue a travel alert for that corner of the state. Blowing snow created slippery road conditions and reduced visibility near Beach, Dickinson and Richardton.

“A travel alert means conditions are such that motorists can still travel in these areas but should be advised of rapidly changing conditions,” an NDDOT release said. “Motorists are encouraged to wear seat belts, reduce speed, and drive according to the conditions.”

A winter weather advisory also is in effect until 6 a.m. Sunday, May 19, for that area, according to the National Weather Service in Bismarck.

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Road conditions improved from icy and snow-covered to wet by mid-Saturday afternoon, according to the NDDOT. Snowfall ranged from an inch in Belfield to 4 inches in Beach, the weather service said. Dickinson reported about 2 inches.

The rest of the state was spared of snow for the most part. Fargo saw about an inch of rain Saturday.

Precipitation is expected to send most cities along the Red River in Clay and Cass counties into a flood warning starting at 7 p.m. Sunday, the weather service said. Scattered rain is possible Sunday morning for Fargo and southeast North Dakota, the weather service said.

Sunday evening and Monday, May 20, should be partly cloudy in Fargo, but there is a chance of rain for most of the week beginning Tuesday, May 21, meteorologists said.

The southwest part of the state possibly will see a mix of rain and snow early Sunday morning, but that likely will turn into rain only by Sunday afternoon, according to the weather service. Dickinson likely will see rain Monday night into Tuesday evening, the weather service said.