For Grand Forks and region, second round of storm could be worse than the first
More closings occurring as more snow comes down and winds expected to pick up.
GRAND FORKS — Heavy falling snow and high winds are expected to make travel difficult Thursday and possibly into Friday morning, according to the National Weather Service.
A packet sent to the media early Thursday morning said “difficult travel conditions continue (Thursday) through Friday morning,” with accumulating snow expected.
“Gusty winds will lead to near-blizzard conditions (Thursday) afternoon, particularly over parts of eastern North Dakota,” the NWS report said, and “significant visibility reductions are still expected where there is less wind, due to heavy falling snow.”
It all comes after Grand Forks received more than 10 inches of wet, heavy snow in a storm that began early in the week. Although temperatures generally were moderate during the event – highs in the low 30s – it’ll be worse this time around, with temperatures in the 20s today and falling to single digits and below zero by the weekend.
“The second round of this storm looks worse than the first, and that’s saying something,” WDAY meteorologist Lydia Blume said Thursday morning.
After a bit of a hiatus on Wednesday, snow started falling again in Grand Forks early Thursday morning.
The storm earlier this week prompted a number of delays, closings and cancellations, and it’s happening again. A number of schools in the region – including Grand Forks Public Schools and UND – have called off classes for Thursday. East Grand Forks is conducting e-learning classes.
Blume, during WDAY’s morning broadcast, said the region can look for another 6 to 9 inches of snow, and “this time the wind is picking up” with gusts in the 30 mph range in eastern North Dakota but stronger yet in western reaches of the state.
Following are the latest Greater Grand Forks weather announcements, sent to the Herald, found on government websites or reported by WDAY:
- The Grand Forks School District is closed.
- The UND campus is closed Thursday.
- East Grand Forks is conducting e-learning Thursday.
- I-94 was closed early Thursday morning from Jamestown to Dickinson.
- North Dakota Health and Human Services offices in Bismarck, Devils Lake, Dickinson, Fargo, Grafton, Grand Forks, Jamestown, Minot, Rolla, Valley City and Williston that directly serve clients will be closed Thursday, Dec. 15.
- Grand Forks County Offices and the Grand Forks County Courthouse will remain closed on Thursday.
- Grand Forks city offices are closing at 3 p.m. Thursday.
- Cities Area Transit is ending bus services at 6 p.m. Thursday. There will not be bus service Thursday evening.
- The East Grand Forks Senior Center is closed on Thursday. Meal service is canceled for the day.