...Winter storm possible late Saturday night through early Sunday afternoon...
A potential winter storm is on the horizon for the upcoming weekend. Snowfall is expected to develop during the day Saturday as low pressure moves out of the Rockies and into the Dakotas. While there is still disagreement amongst weather models on the exact placement of the heaviest snow, there is an increasing threat for snow and blowing snow late Saturday night through Sunday morning. Additionally, there is a potential for the strongest winds to set up right over the Red River Valley which could result in blowing snow reducing visibilities down to one half mile or less. The locations for the blowing snow and worst reduced visibilities will be dependent on the track of the low and the amount of snowfall that ends up falling prior to the low departing the area. The very preliminary forecast track of the storm moves a double low pressure system into eastern Montana and western South Dakota Saturday. This low tracks east and intensifies to near Alexandria Minnesota Sunday morning.
Stay tuned to the National Weather Service as this potential winter storm develops.
Below is an image with the forecast surface low positions at 6am Saturday December 8th and Sunday December 9th. These are preliminary forecasts and will change so pay attention to later updates!
Images produced NOAA/ National Weather Service National Centers for Environmental Prediction Hydrometeorological Prediction Center