A powerful storm system will impact the entire region Monday through Tuesday. A cold front will move into eastern North Dakota and northwest Minnesota on Monday, as the main storm begins to develop in Colorado. Light snow will occur along and behind the front, with 3 to 5 inches likely along and 30 miles on either side of a line from Valley City to Mayville to Baudette by Monday evening. The front is forecast to become stationary as the main storm intensifies and moves into Kansas on Monday night. The low is forecast to then head towards the western Great Lakes, spreading heavy snow into the northern plains Tuesday.
Snow will re-develop for all of eastern North Dakota and northwest Minnesota Monday night, and become heavy on Tuesday. Total snowfall accumulations of 6 inches or more are possible, with some areas seeing over a foot of snow from southeast North Dakota into west central Minnesota by early Wednesday. Northerly winds will increase by Tuesday creating considerable blowing and drifting snow, and blizzard conditions are possible in the Red River Valley Tuesday through Tuesday night.
Travel may become impossible Tuesday and Tuesday night when heavy snow combines with winds gusting over 40 mph at times. It appears that the height of the storm will occur during the day Tuesday through Tuesday night. Dangerous wind chills from 25 to 40 below will also develop by Tuesday night, creating potentially life threatening conditions for anyone caught in the storm.
Stay tuned to your favorite source of weather information, including NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio and the NWS web page at www.crh.noaa.gov/fgf for later statements and forecasts.