Winter weather will make a harsh return to the region late tonight and Thursday

A potent arctic blast will push into the Red River Valley region late tonight through the weekend…bringing an end to our unseasonably mild weather. A strong low pressure system over Saskatchewan will move along the International border reaching Lake Superior Thursday morning. Temperatures will fall quickly behind the front…with high temperatures Thursday occurring early in the day. By late in the day Thursday below zero readings will move into the Devils Lake basin and sweep across the region. Dangerous wind chills colder than -30F will affect the region by Thursday night.

While less than one inch of snow is forecast…strong winds will cause areas of drifting snow especially in the open country.

Below normal temperatures will grip the region into much of next week. While some moderation will occur by mid week, there looks to be another surge of cold air later in the week. Then the overall weather pattern looks like it will favor more normal temperatures through the remainder of January.

While such a drastic change in the weather is not uncommon for our region this will be the first major cold outbreak of the 2006 - 2007 winter season. Your NOAA’s NWS reminds folks to take stock now and be prepared for this dramatic change in our weather. Be sure your vehicle is ready for winter and carry a winter survival kit. Check the latest updated forecasts and warnings before leaving home.

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