STAFF BLOG PLAIN COUNTRY Blowing in the wind
I am thoroughly enjoying the unseasaonably warm temperatures of the past week, but I can't say the same for the wind.
Not only are the gusty winds causing minor annoyances, such as whipping my hair... Posted on 10/7/11 at 12:04 PM
Bitter cold is near, though official extreme cold warnings from the National Weather Service start at several different times -- 9 this morning in Grand Forks, Grand Forks County and some northern Red River Valley counties, for example; and 6 tonight across the river in East Grand Forks, Polk County. The winds will make bitter feel brutal. Plus, light snow is falling largely north of U.S. Highway 2, with as much as an inch possible by sunrise today. A total of one to three inches expected when it's all over Thursday, the National Weather Service said.
A red flag warning is in effect from 11 this morning to 9 tonight for strong winds, low relative humidity and very high fire danger in eastern North Dakota, and an existing warning continues until 7 tonight for northwest and west-central Minnesota.
Dangerous fire conditions exist today in northwest and west-central Minnesota, thanks to expected very low afternoon humidity along with dry vegetation. North Dakota fire weather officials say vegetation is not quite as dry, but the fire danger still is in the medium to high range there.
Strong winds early Thursday caused extensive damage to town’s grain elevator, trees, power poles A powerful storm system that swept through the northern Red River Valley this week caused “extreme” damage in Donaldson, Minn., as winds well over 100 mph snapped power poles and tossed parts of the local grain elevator onto nearby U.S. Highway 75.
Severe thunderstorms brought heavy rains, strong winds to Red River Valley early Thursday The line of storms raced across North Dakota overnight, bending trees near Stanley with an estimated 60 mph wind shortly before midnight before dropping quarter and nickel-sized hail.
The storm that swept through the state last weekend packed winds topping 100 miles mph that snapped towering pines and hardwood trees in the St. Croix State Park. The campground, hiking trails and roads in the popular, 34,000-acre park have been left in ruins.
Felled trees obstruct roads in Crookston A Memorial Day storm system swept through most of the Red River Valley and large swaths of northwestern Minnesota on Monday night, but the punch that the storm packed varied greatly across the region.
Strong westerly winds caused by a deep area of low pressure tracking across the U.S.-Canada border area will bring sustained winds of 30 to 45 mph, with higher gusts, to portions of eastern North Dakota today.
The National Weather Service says severe thunderstorms capable of producing winds in excess of 70 mph will threaten portions of Polk, Clearwater, Pennington, Beltrami, Kittson, Roseau, Lake of the Woods and Red Lake counties and all of Marshall County until 11:30 p.m.
3 to 5 inches of snow expected in Roseau, Warroad, Baudette, Red Lake areas Though it was hard to tell early Friday afternoon, an Alberta clipper will effectively end the milder temperatures and relative weather calm experienced in recent days in the Grand Forks area.
Winter weather advisory for much of Red River region until 6 p.m. Roads were covered with snow and very slick this morning, thanks in part to new light snow falling on already slippery routes. This afternoon, northernly winds will increase even more, with gusts to around 35 mph, causing further blowing, drifting and reduced visibilities in open country. Add a cold front passing through the region today, and wind chills will become dangerously cold tonight even as winds subside somewhat.
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