Grand Forks area could see up to 3 inches of snow Friday night

The National Weather Service is tracking a band of snow across north-central and northeast North Dakota, which could result in 1 to 3 inches of snowfall for some areas.

Snow is possible over north-central and northeast North Dakota into northwest Minnesota tonight, May 8, according to the National Weather Service.

A Special Weather Statement has been issued for the Grand Forks area for possible snow rates of up to 1 inch per hour tonight and into Saturday morning. The winter weather has the potential to impact the Highway 2 corridor and Interstate 29 from Grand Forks north to the Canadian border, according to the NWS. Increasing winds combined with the heavy snow rates could reduce visibility to below one mile. Most locations should receive a dusting of 1 inch of slushy snow, and snow totals will be highly variable based on the timing of the rain-to-snow change. Most heavily-impacted areas are expected to receive 3 inches or more of snow.

While confidence isn't high on which areas will receive the highest impacts, anyone in the region planning to travel tonight and Saturday morning should expect winter travel conditions.

In addition to the Special Weather Statement issued for northeast North Dakota, a Hazardous Weather Outlook has also been issued for the north-central part of the state west of Rugby, where snowfall of 1 to 3 inches and winds gusting up to 35 mph are expected. Higher snow is also possible in some areas, and a Winter Weather Advisory is in effect from Friday night until early Saturday afternoon.

To the east, a Hazardous Weather Outlook has been issued for northwest and north-central Minnesota, where snow accumulation of 1 inch or less is expected.

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