An area of low pressure is expected to track across the Northern Plains Thursday morning. As strong northwest winds develop in its wake, temperatures are likely to fall throughout the day with rain showers changing over to snow by afternoon and evening. By Thursday evening strong winds combined with falling snow would impact travel conditions across the area, with the impacts greatest along and north of the U.S. Highway 2 corridor. Accumulating snow is possible across the northern portions of the area with the highest totals across Northwest Minnesota. At this time 1 to 4 inches of snow are forecast generally along and north of a Devils Lake to Grand Forks to Bemidji line.
Not only will there be snow falling, but winds will shift to the northwest and increase to 15 to 25 mph, with higher gusts. This would result in areas of blowing and drifting where the snows do fall.
There is still some uncertainty with the track of this system and its potential impacts. Anyone with Holiday travel plans should Stay updated to future forecasts.
Above is the forecast weather map for 6 am CST Thanksgiving Morning, November 22 2012 . An intensifying low pressure system over northern Minnesota will bring a mixture of precipitation to the region and much colder air for the weekend.
Preliminary snowfall forecast for Thursday November 22nd through Friday November 23rd. As is typical with storm systems small changes in the actual versus forecast track can make big differences in the snowfall. Remember it is not just the falling snow, but the strong winds that will follow the low pressure system that would result in areas of blowing and drifting. Stay tuned for updates as the forecast track becomes more clear.