A major winter storm is becoming more likely Friday night through Sunday for all of eastern North Dakota, northwest and west central Minnesota. Snow is expected to develop Friday night and continue through Sunday. 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 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.