Snow, rain mix to move into Grand Forks region
A wintry mix could move into eastern North Dakota and northwest Minnesota tonight after an afternoon of heavy winds, some gusting to 40 mph, according to the National Weather Service in Grand Forks. The snow and rain mix is expected to be isolated in Grand Forks and the surrounding area, weather service meteorologist Brittany Peterson said Thursday.
"We do have some small chances for an isolated to scattered wintry mix for tomorrow and tomorrow night," she said. "The best chances for that would be south of Interstate 94, but there is some potential to see a light mix maybe as far as north and east of (Grand Forks). It's something worth keeping an eye on."
There is some concern for slippery conditions in the valley, though it is hard to predict which areas could be affected since the wintry mix is forecast to be scattered, Peterson said.
"Maybe give yourself a couple extra minutes for travel to be on the safe side," she said.
The high for today and Friday in the north valley should reach into the low 30s, and tonight should produce a low in the high 20s, according to the forecast. But temperatures will dip Friday night into the mid-teens, meteorologists forecast. Saturday's high may exceed 20 degrees with a low in the single digits.
Expect temperatures to warm up again Sunday and Monday, as highs should reach into the mid- and high 30s, according to the weather service. The outlook is still unclear for Thanksgiving week, Peterson said, but models are favoring warmer-than-normal temperatures in the valley as most people head out midweek for the holiday.
"We are looking for a fairly active weather pattern next week," she said, describing the potential for precipitation as on and off, "but there isn't a strong signal for a strong system to come through at this point."
About 50.9 million Americans are projected to travel at least 50 miles for Thanksgiving, a 3.3 percent increase over last year, according to a news release from AAA. It's important to keep an eye on the forecast for changes and updates as Thanksgiving approaches, Peterson said.