As many turkey revelers are reconsidering travel plans, meteorologists in Grand Forks are expressing increased confidence in freezing rain Thursday evening followed by widespread snow. A winter storm watch was issued Wednesday morning for late Friday night through late Saturday night.
"Saturday and Saturday night are the primary times of concern," said Brittany Peterson, a National Weather Service meteorologist based in Grand Forks.
While 4 to 8 inches of snow could fall in the Grand Forks area, with as much as 12 inches to the south, Peterson said there is still uncertainty whether the storm system will rise to blizzard conditions.
"We are expecting widespread impacts. There is some uncertainty on how high the wind gusts will get," said Peterson, though forecasts are looking at gusts of 45 mph.
Peterson said the amount of freezing rain versus snow will be dependent upon temperatures, which will be in the 20s on Thursday, Nov. 28, and around freezing on Friday, Nov. 29.
"Conditions are gradually worsening on Saturday and Saturday night .... There is potential for lingering impacts on Sunday, but are expecting conditions to improve throughout the day," said Peterson, who advised those traveling on Sunday not to hit the roads too early.
Even if residents have had their fill of turkey, stuffing ... and family.