A winter storm with the potential to drop nearly a foot of snow is expected to move into eastern North Dakota by early this morning, centered on Devils Lake, Grand Forks and Crookston and bringing freezing temperatures that will last a week or more.
UPDATED 12:12 P.M. Grand Forks, Grafton and several northeastern North Dakota border communities Minnesota have been removed from a National Weather Service winter weather advisory. Still, the area -- especially west and south of the northern Red River Valley -- still is expected to receive a healthy dose of snow throughout the day and Thursday morning.
The National Weather Service said as much as eight inches of snow could accumulate by Thursday morning in southwestern North Dakota, and the northern Black Hills in South Dakota could get about a foot of snow.
As in the case of small children, when the word “active” is applied to the weather, it doesn’t promise good news.
And an “active weather pattern” is what the National Weather Service is telling us to expect this week across eastern North Dakota and western Minnesota.
A thick band of heavy snow, freezing rain and cold temperatures was spreading across southeastern states this morning, delivering a messy weekend of slick roads, power outages and prime sledding for kids out of school.
Grand Forks County issued a no-travel advisory late Friday because of freezing rain. A winter storm warning for all of eastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota is in effect until Monday, and a mix of rain and snow was reported Friday night throughout the Red River Valley, leading to treacherous driving conditions and several accidents.
Take care on those roads this morning. Patchy light freezing drizzle is making for slippery roads in parts of the region, the National Weather Service office in Grand Forks says. A winter weather advisory is in effect until noon today.
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