The Red River Valley, western Minnesota and Devils Lake region has enjoyed relatively dry, although quite cold weather since early January. After record December snowfall, most areas have seen only a few inches of new snow. The heaviest snow fall has been south of the immediate Devils Lake area, through the Valley City, Lisbon and Forman areas.
That may be about to change. A powerful storm system off the west coast of the United States is forecast to move into the Rocky Mountains over the weekend, then out into the plains next week. At this time it is too early to forecast which areas of the central and northern plains will receive the brunt of precipitation, but current indications put the northern plains in the path of the storm.
Since this would be the first major storm in over a month for most of the Red River Valley, Devils Lake and Minnesota Lakes country, residents are advised to pay attention to later forecasts. We still have a fair amount of winter left, and should not forget that heavy snows are still possible. Stay tuned to your favorite source of weather information, including NOAA Weather All-Hazards Radio, commercial radio and T.V. as well as internet sources for later forecasts and possible watches or warnings.