A Major Winter Storm is Expected Friday Night Through Sunday

 A major winter storm will affect the Friday night through Sunday for all of eastern North Dakota, northwest and west central Minnesota.  A mixture of snow, sleet and freezing rain will develop Friday night in eastern North Dakota, then overspread the rest of western Minnesota by Saturday morning.  There may be significant ice accumulations before the precipitation changes to all snow by Saturday afternoon.  The snow may become heavy at times, and significant accumulations are possible before the snow tapers off Sunday night.  Northerly winds will also increase by Sunday, causing considerable blowing and drifting snow.  There is the potential for near blizzard conditions in open areas of the Red River Valley Sunday and Sunday night.  Significant snow drifts are also possible, and travel may become difficult to impossible this weekend. 

A large storm system will move out of the Colorado Rockies on Friday, then into the Northern Plains by Saturday.  This storm will have abundant Pacific Ocean and Gulf of Mexico moisture to work with, and this moisture will fall as snow.  Stay tuned to the latest forecast on this potential major winter storm.

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