Region can expect snow, freezing rain, rain Saturday, SundaySnow fell again on parts of the Red River Valley Friday, adding to the snowpack that has already begun thawing in many places.
By: Herald Staff Report, Grand Forks Herald
Snow fell again on parts of the Red River Valley Friday, adding to the snowpack that has already begun thawing in many places.
The National Weather Service in Grand Forks estimated 1 to 3 inches was possible between Friday night and this morning north of a line from Valley City, N.D., to Fargo to Wadena, Minn.
At the same time, the agency also expected a mix of snow and freezing rain or rain and freezing rain south of a line from Cando, N.D., to Grand Forks, to Bemidji, making road surfaces slick.
After a pause Saturday night, the agency said there was a chance of more snow and rain Sunday, ranging from 30 to 40 percent depending on the area.
In a Thursday report, the agency said it did not think the new precipitation would add much to the overall spring runoff. The precipitation could help thaw the snow and ice, it said.
The agency remains concerned that the slow thaw would mean that snow, instead of melting and flowing north, would still be around when heavy rains arrive, as they typically do, in late April.
The high Saturday is expected to range from 33 to 40 degrees throughout the valley, with the warmer temperatures in the south. The weather service said Thursday that temperatures remain below normal and are expected to stay that way into mid-April.
By coincidence this weekend’s springtime wintry mix is arriving in the valley during the 16th anniversary of Blizzard Hannah, the massive 1997 storm that preceded the Flood of the Century. The storm began April 5 that year, and brought 7 inches of snow and freezing rain with winds approaching 70 mph.