WEATHER AND ROADS: Temps falling; wind advisory until 6 p.m.UPDATED 10:06 A.M.
A wind advisory is in effect until 6 p.m. tonight for much of the Red River Valley, accompanied by falling temperatures. Here's some road information and the National Weather Service forecast for Grand Forks.
By: Herald Staff Report, Grand Forks Herald
Strong winds with a passing cold front have pushed January's 40-degree temperatures into memory, and a wind advisory is in effect until 6 p.m. tonight for much of the Red River Valley, accompanied by falling temperatures.
At Grand Forks International Airport shortly before 9 a.m., the temperature was down to 14 degrees with a wind chill reading of 4 below zero.
The National Weather Service in Grand Forks says strong northwest winds of 25 to 35 mph, with higher gusts, will continue through the day. Scattered show showers, combined with the strong winds, this afternoon "may cause some brief reduction in visibility." Along with some icy roads, travel could be hazardous, the weather service cautioned.
With the change in weather comes a return of conversation about wind chills. They could drop to near 25 below across northern parts of the Red River region tonight, easily making it feel colder than it has all winter so far.
The North Dakota Department of Transportation website, at about 8 a.m., said travel speeds were reported seasonally normal on Interstate 29 between Christine and the Canada border, U.S. Highway 2 between the White Earth rest area and Grand Forks, U.S. Highway 52 between the Canadian border and Fessenden, U.S. Highway 81 between Manvel and Joliette, U.S. Highway 281 between New Rockford and the Canadian border, and N.D. Highway 5 between the Red River and west of the Highway 20 junction.
Scattered ice was found on U.S. Highway 81 between Carrington and New Rockford, prompting reducing speeds.
Travel speeds were reduced in the Carrington and Pekin, N.D., areas because of icy roads, but the rest of the Devils Lake region reported normal seasonal driving conditions.
Blowing snow was reported in the Mayville area, but travel speeds were seasonably normal. Fargo-area roads were reporting normal travel speeds with wet road conditions, but I-29 between the South Dakota line and North Dakota Highway 11 offered continuous snow, the stretch between North Dakota Highways 11 and 13 continuous ice and the road between N.D. Highway 13 and Christine scattered slush.
In northwest Minnesota, the Minnesota Department of Transportation website reported as of about 5 a.m. good driving conditions generally north of Minnesota Highway 1 from the Red River in western Marshall and Kittson counties and along and north of Minnesota Highway 11 in Kittson, Roseau and Lake of the Woods counties nearly to Baudette.
Black ice, wet and icy roads reduced travel conditions to fair generally south of Minnesota Highway 1 throughout northwest Minnesota and roughly north and east of Highway 1 in the Thief River Falls area.
Here's the National Weather Service advisory:
STRONG NORTHWEST WINDS IN THE WAKE OF A COLD FRONT WILL AFFECT
THE REGION TODAY. NORTHWEST WINDS OF 25 TO 35 MPH WITH HIGHER
GUSTS CAN BE EXPECTED TODAY. WINDS WILL DIMINISH SOMEWHAT TONIGHT
BE STILL REMAIN WINDY.
WEST POLK-NORMAN-CLAY-KITTSON-WEST MARSHALL-WILKIN-
WEST OTTER TAIL-GRANT-TOWNER-CAVALIER-PEMBINA-BENSON-RAMSEY-
EASTERN WALSH-EDDY-NELSON-GRAND FORKS-GRIGGS-STEELE-TRAILL-BARNES-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...CROOKSTON...EAST GRAND FORKS...
FERGUS FALLS...ELBOW LAKE...CANDO...LANGDON...CAVALIER...
MADDOCK...LEEDS...DEVILS LAKE...GRAFTON...NEW ROCKFORD...LAKOTA...
GRAND FORKS...COOPERSTOWN...FINLEY...MAYVILLE...VALLEY CITY...
...WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM CST THIS EVENING...
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GRAND FORKS HAS ISSUED A WIND
ADVISORY...WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM CST THIS EVENING.
* STRONG WINDS THIS MORNING WILL CONTINUE THROUGH THE DAY.
* NORTHWEST WINDS OF 25 TO 35 MPH WITH HIGHER GUSTS ARE EXPECTED.
* STRONG WINDS COMBINED WITH SCATTERED ICY ROADWAYS WILL MAKE FOR
* SCATTERED SNOW SHOWERS THIS AFTERNOON COMBINED WITH THE STRONG
WINDS WILL CREATE BRIEF VISIBILITY RESTRICTION.
A WIND ADVISORY MEANS THAT SUSTAINED WINDS OF 30 MPH OR FREQUENT
GUSTS TO 45 MPH ARE EXPECTED. WINDS THIS STRONG CAN MAKE DRIVING
DIFFICULT...ESPECIALLY FOR HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES. USE EXTRA
Grand Forks extended forecast
Today: A 20 percent chance of snow. Cloudy, with a temperature falling to around 13 by 5 p.m. Windy, with a northwest wind between 28 and 30 mph, with gusts as high as 43 mph.
Tonight: A slight chance of snow, mainly before midnight, then a chance for flurries. Cloudy, with a low around -1. Wind chill values as low as -23. Blustery, with a north northwest wind between 21 and 26 mph, with gusts as high as 37 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.
Thursday: Scattered flurries before noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 9. Wind chill values as low as -25. Blustery, with a north northwest wind between 17 and 23 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.
Thursday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 1. Northwest wind 13 to 16 mph decreasing to between 5 and 8 mph. Winds could gust as high as 21 mph.
Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 16. West northwest wind around 5 mph becoming south southwest.
Friday night: A 20 percent chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 12.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 22.
Saturday night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 11.
Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 28.
Sunday night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 13.
Martin Luther King Day: Partly sunny, with a high near 16.
Monday night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around -4.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 2.