This Weekend’s Winter Storm is Upon Us!

A strong winter storm has emerge into the plains as we enter the holiday weekend.   The storm is expected to spread a mixed bag of winter weather across the region beginning early on today...eventually ending by late Sunday.  The precipitation will likely begin as snow in the Devils Lake basin east into northwest Minnesota...and a mix of snow and freezing rain from Southeast North Dakota east into West Central Minnesota. Significant amounts of snow and ice are may accumulate  through the weekend...with snow becoming the predominant precipitation type by Sunday. 

Snowfall accumulations will be highly dependent upon how much of the precipitation falls as snow or freezing rain.  Currently it appears that snowfall amounts could range from 6 to 10 inches in Northeast North Dakota to much lighter amounts in West Central Minnesota where significant freezing rain will hold down total snow accumulations. 

Meanwhile...temperatures are still expected to be near or slightly warmer than normal through the weekend. Northerly winds will increase on Sunday...causing some blowing and drifting snow mainly in Eastern North Dakota and Northwest Minnesota.  Travelers should plan ahead and keep up-to-date with the latest forecasts.

Click on the link below for the latest watch/warning/advisory information from the National Weather Service in Grand Forks, ND:

http://www.weather.gov/data/FGF/WSWFGF


 



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