Weather service: Calm before another stormGround blizzard conditions likely will develop late today in the Red River Valley and areas to the west.
Ground blizzard conditions likely will develop late today in the Red River Valley and areas to the west.
According to a statement this morning, the National Weather Service in Grand Forks expects:
A strong cold front to move through the region late this afternoon into the evening. Light snow will fall ahead of this feature. Then winds will increase, causing blowing snow. The potential exists for ground blizzard conditions along and west of the Red River Valley.
Winds are expected to be 30 to 40 mph, with gusts to 50 mph.
Visibility possibly will be near zero, especially in open areas.
Snow accumulation likely will be about an inch.
The weather service notes some uncertainty in regard to how much snow will be available to blow around, given the expected warm temperatures ahead of the strong winds. Temperatures are expected to be in the mid-20s to low-30s through much of today, before an Alberta Clipper ushers in much colder temperatures tonight.
Another system will bring snowfall and strong winds to the region Saturday night and Sunday.
That system could bring another 2 to 4 inches of new snow, along with winds, which will reduce visibility and result in drifting conditions through Sunday, according to the weather service.