The relatively quiet, but cold weather regime that has been in place most of the past month still appears about to change. A powerful winter storm system is forecast to move into the Rocky Mountains over the weekend, then out into the plains next week. Present indications are this storm will target the northern plains, with the potential for a wide variety of wintry weather.
At the current time it looks as though snow will spread into the Red River Valley region either late Sunday or early Monday, and increase in intensity as the day wears on. Warm, moist air being pulled north from the Gulf of Mexico region may set the stage for a dangerous mix of freezing precipitation and snow. There is the possibility that it may be warm enough for a time in the southern Red River Valley for the precipitation to fall as rain. To the north and west of the low pressure center, heavy wet snow may accumulate in the Devils Lake Basin and points to the west.
Since this storm is still several days away, there is still a large amount of uncertainty regarding the exact path of the low pressure system, and the location of the heaviest precipitation. Therefore, residents are advised to pay attention to later forecasts. With a fair amount of winter left, we 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.