Mixed precipitation, with snow and blowing snow will continue into Friday, Jan. 15. Total snow accumulations of 2 to 5 inches, with ice accumulations of a light glaze, are expected, according to a winter weather advisory issued by the National Weather Service in Grand Forks.
Snow is anticipated Thursday and Friday, WDAY meteorologist Andrew Whitmyer said.
"(We're) not expecting really hardy blizzard conditions likely in the main city limits the Grand Forks, but once you get to the right of the outskirts of town, outside the airport and out into the open country, you certainly could be dealing with whiteout conditions as we get into Thursday evening, and right down through Friday morning," Whitmyer said.
NWS warned of slippery road conditions. Areas of blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening commute on Thursday.
On Thursday morning, northwest winds are expected to gust up to 40 to 50 mph, with the strongest winds forecast from Devils Lake to Valley City.
Wind in combination with the snow is expected to create widespread hazards.
According to the WDAY StormTracker, temperatures are expected to drop over the next several days. High temperatures of 23 and 21 degrees are forecast for Saturday and Sunday. Monday is expected to be the coldest, with a high of 17 and a low of 12 degrees with flurries expected before temperatures rise briefly mid-week. The end of next week is expected to be dangerously cold.