Grand Forks could receive 3 to 5 inches of snowfall on Monday and Tuesday, April 12 and 13, bringing potential travel impacts to the region Tuesday morning.
Snow accumulation will initially be limited due to warm surface temperatures, but as colder air moves into the area Monday evening snow will begin to stick in some areas, according to the National Weather Service. Accumulations likely won't last, however, as snow intermingles with rain and warmer temperatures persist throughout the week.
"This is going to be kind of more of a nuisance snow. The National Weather Service hasn't even had advisory or anything out because it's going to happen kind of over a prolonged period of time," StormTracker meteorologist Jesse Ritka said. "So, while 3 to 5 inches may be falling from now until Wednesday morning, it's not going to be walk out the door on Wednesday morning and suddenly got that much to shovel."
According to WDAY StormTracker, the weather will likely stay chilly for the rest of the week, with temperatures forecast in the 30s and 40s. This is a continuation of an exceptionally cold April brought on by a "wobbly, weakened" polar vortex, according to WDAY meteorologist John Wheeler.
"I wouldn't quite say we're talking 70s by any means, but I mean, maybe 50s a couple of times as we get into the weekend and next week," Ritka said. "But really this week is kind of looking gloomy, with temperatures mainly in the 30s until we get to the second half of the week."
Light snow is expected to taper off Tuesday evening into Wednesday morning, April 14.
Around the region, the National Weather Service forecasts the highest snow totals near Cavalier, N.D., where 5 to 7 inches of snowfall is possible. The Devils Lake area could receive 4 to 6 inches of snow, Thief River Falls could receive 3 to 5 inches, and Ada, Minn., could see totals up to 2 to 4 inches.
Throughout Monday and Tuesday, visibility could be reduced within heavier snow bands, and roadways could become slippery, according to the National Weather Service. Travelers are urged to use caution while driving, and monitor road conditions at 511mn.org for Minnesota, at travel.dot.nd.gov for North Dakota or by dialing 511 in either state.
"Now we have to return to wintery weather, so remember what it's like to slow down when there are conditions on the roadways," Ritka said. "Those speed limits are posted for dry conditions, so take it easy, have the headlights on, give yourself a little extra time."