Grand Forks area records 2.6 inches of snow
Patchy blowing snow will taper off this afternoon.
Travel difficulties in the region persist Wednesday morning, Dec. 30, after a night of snowfall. A winter weather advisory was expected to remain in effect until 9 a.m. due to patchy blowing snow, but winds are expected to die down Wednesday afternoon.
Due to the weather, the city of East Grand Forks has declared a snow emergency, which will be effective until the roads have been cleared to their full width. During a citywide snow emergency, there is no parking allowed on the street. Cars that are left on the street will be subject to towing and ticketing.
In Grand Forks, 2.6 inches of snow were recorded Wednesday morning, according to WDAY meteorologist Lydia Blume. Snow totals were higher in the Fargo area, at about 4.1 inches.
Though snow in the region has tapered off, patches of blowing snow will continue in the Red River basin throughout the morning, according to the National Weather Service. Visibility will be reduced to up to a mile in some areas as winds continue to gust in the 25 to 30 mph range.
Motorists should use caution when traveling due to slippery roads.
Looking ahead to the new year, 2021 is expected to start relatively quietly with near-normal temperatures before a week of above-normal temperatures. According to the WDAY StormTracker, a high of 17 is forecast on Wednesday and highs of 20 are forecast Thursday and Friday. Temperatures are expected to continue rising throughout the weekend, with highs of 23 and 30 forecast on Saturday and Sunday, respectively, and highs in the low to mid-30s forecast throughout the beginning of next week.