A mid-October snowstorm lost steam before it hit Grand Forks overnight Friday.
Staff at the National Weather Service predicted as much as an inch of accumulated snow would be on the ground by midday on Saturday, but the Grand Cities area didn’t see more than a late-night dusting.
In short, that’s because the storm system ended up being faster, weaker, and hit further south than service forecasters predicted on Friday, according to Amanda Lee, a meteorologist at its Grand Forks office.
“It kind of fizzled out,” Lee told the Herald on Saturday afternoon. “We were just trying to forecast it a day or two in advance ... and Mother Nature did what she wanted to do.”
Some areas south of Grand Forks County, from the southern Devils Lake basin and the southern Red River Valley into Minnesota’s lake country, received about 2-3 inches of snow. The service has issued a winter weather advisory in Northwest Minnesota, which means people there are asked to be careful while driving, through 3 p.m. Saturday.
The service forecasts a 40% chance of snow in Grand Forks on Monday night and a 50% chance of a “wintry mix” -- freezing rain, drizzle, sleet, or light snowfall -- on Tuesday.