A blizzard warning was issued just before 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, as the National Weather Service in Grand Forks continues to monitor a winter storm that was expected to hit the Red River Valley around 2 a.m. Wednesday.
The storm is expected to last until about 9 a.m. Wednesday. Though anticipated to be short, NWS warns it could be high impact.
The system is expected to arrive sooner than initially expected and will bring higher winds than first predicted. Strong winds were to arrive in the Devils Lake region from midnight to 3 a.m. Wednesday and move south, arriving in the Wahpeton area between 6 and 9 a.m. Wednesday.
Impacted areas are expected to receive about one inch of snow, wind gusts as high as 45 mph and wind chills as low as 45 below zero.
Residents should plan for slippery road conditions and widespread blowing snow for their Wednesday morning commute. Gusty winds could bring down tree branches, and dangerously low wind chills are expected to last beyond the blowing snow into Thursday morning, according to NWS.
NWS recommends travelers cancel any unnecessary plans and restrict travel to emergencies only. If travel is absolutely necessary, have a winter survival kit, and if stranded, stay with the vehicle.
Stay up to date with road conditions in North Dakota at dot.nd.gov/travel and in Minnesota at 511mn.org.