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Fast-moving system expected to bring snow to Grand Forks region

It could mean another 3 to 6 inches of snow for many communities in the region.

National Weather Service graphic from March 21, 2023.JPG
A graphic distributed by the National Weather Service on Tuesday, March 21, 2023, shows counties included in a winter storm warning and a winter storm advisory.
(National Weather Service)

GRAND FORKS – More snow is coming to Grand Forks, weather forecasters are saying.

Less than two weeks after 11 inches of snow fell and just a few days after roads and highways were closed due to high winds and blowing snow, another system is moving into the region.

Grand Forks County and counties immediately west are under a winter weather advisory, but the National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for counties south and east of Grand Forks.

In the warning area are the Minnesota counties of Polk, Norman, Clay, Lake of the Woods, Beltrami, Pennington, Red Lake and Clearwater and the North Dakota counties of Steele, Traill, Barnes, Ransom, Sargent and Richland.

In the advisory area are the Minnesota counties of Kittson, Roseau and Marshall and the North Dakota counties of Grand Forks, Griggs, Walsh, Nelson and Eddy, along with a number of counties farther south.

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β€œThis is a quick moving system,” WDAY meteorologist Lydia Blume said during an early morning broadcast Tuesday. β€œIt’s not going to linger on top of us very long, but it comes with a punch.”

Upwards of 3 to 6 inches could fall on the immediate Grand Forks area, according to the National Weather Service. Elsewhere in the region, according to the NWS, Devils Lake and New Rockford could see 2 to 4 inches, Grafton 2 to 5 inches, Hallock 2 to 4 inches, Thief River Falls 3 to 6 inches and Roseau 3 to 5 inches.

Farther south and east, snowfall amounts could be a bit higher, including 4 to 7 inches in Fargo, 5 to 8 inches in Fosston and 4 to 7 inches in Bemidji.

According to an online post by WDAY, β€œit will start snowing in southeastern North Dakota (Tuesday) afternoon, move into the Fargo-Moorhead metro after 4 p.m., Grand Forks after 5 p.m., and into northern Minnesota this evening. Snow will fall all night long for most of us.”

In her morning broadcast, Blume predicts snowfall likely will end by Wednesday morning, but it will be followed by blowing and drifting.

β€œI don’t have much for snowfall (Wednesday), but I do have a wind out of the northwest, 15 to 25 (mph), and gusting up near 30 – not blizzard force, but enough to create some of that blowing and drifting, especially out in open country,” Blume said.

High temperatures Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in Grand Forks likely will be in the mid-20s, followed by highs around 30 on Friday and Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.

Korrie Wenzel has been publisher of the Grand Forks Herald and Prairie Business Magazine since 2014.

Over time, he has been a board member of the Grand Forks Region Economic Development Corp., Junior Achievement, the South Dakota Historical Society Foundation, United Way, Empire Arts Center, Cornerstones Career Learning Center and Crimestoppers.

As publisher, Wenzel oversees news, advertising and business operations at the Herald, as well as the newspaper's opinion content.

In the past, Wenzel was sports editor for 14 years at The Daily Republic of Mitchell, S.D., before becoming editor and, eventually, publisher.

Wenzel can be reached at 701-780-1103.
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