Ground Blizzard Possible This Weekend

A strong low pressure system will move across southern Canada Saturday, dragging a series of frontal boundaries through the Devils Lake and Red River Valley region. Brisk south winds will turn to the west and increase quite quickly Saturday afternoon with gusts to 50 mph possible by afternoon. This may create ground blizzard conditions in areas of our region, especially from the Red River Valley west into the Devils Lake Basin. While conditions in town and sheltered areas may not deteriorate as much, travel in the open country is expected to become dangerous due to significant blowing and drifting snow.

Temperatures are not expected to drop very rapidly as this cold front will not immediately tap into arctic air. However, by Sunday morning wind chill temperatures will be in the 15 to 25 below zero range.

Those planning travel on Saturday need to keep abreast of the latest forecast and listen for updated warnings or advisories. Remember that while conditions in town may not appear dangerous, open country travel may become impossible due to near zero visibility in blowing and drifting snow. Stay tuned to your favorite source of weather information, including NOAA Weather Radio, television, commercial radio for later statements or warnings.

Lat January 2009 Ground Blizzard Potential Area    

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