Snow showers will develop across the Red River Valley Thursday afternoon, Jan. 14, and will continue through the night, according to a winter weather advisory issued by the National Weather Service. The winter weather advisory will remain in effect until 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15.
WDAY meteorologist Lydia Blume warned that there are a few slick spots on area roads following rain, but the worst time to be on the roads will be Thursday night and Friday morning.
It's possible the winter weather advisory could be updated to a blizzard warning in some spots Thursday afternoon, she said.
Thursday morning will start with mixed precipitation, and as the wintery mix turns to snow later in the afternoon an icy glaze will be possible. Travelers should plan on slippery roads and reduced visibility. Windy conditions also have the potential to bring down tree branches.
Expected snow accumulations in the afternoon and evening vary throughout the region, from 1 to 4 inches. Wind gusts of up to 35 to 40 mph will likely create conditions of blowing snow, limited visibility, and isolated near-blizzard whiteout conditions in open country.
Wind gusts will likely be even stronger Friday, Blume said, with gusts reaching speeds of up to 50 mph.
Grand Forks is expected to receive 1-2 inches of snow. Higher snow totals are possible east of the Red River, with 3-4 inches forecast near Fosston. West of the Red River, areas around Cando and New Rockford are forecast to receive less than 1 inch of snow, according to the NWS.
Snow will likely taper off on Friday, but windy conditions could continue to create blowing snow.
WDAY StormTracker forecasts a high of 34 on Thursday, and then temperatures are expected to stay below freezing for the next week. The weekend will see highs of 22 and 20 on Saturday and Sunday, with single-digit temperatures forecast for the weekend after that.