Storm headed to Grand Forks region; East Grand Forks declares snow emergency
UPDATED: A winter storm warning has been issued by the National Weather Service.
GRAND FORKS — The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for much of the region, and snow was expected to hit the Grand Forks area Thursday evening and into Friday.
According to a release from the NWS, accumulating snow is anticipated in central and eastern North Dakota and west-central Minnesota. Snowfall may be heavy at times.
The warning is in effect for numerous counties in eastern North Dakota, including Grand Forks. According to the NWS, there is a 100% chance of snow Thursday night and an 80% chance of snow Friday.
For the Devils Lake area, the warning went into effect at 6 p.m. Thursday and lasts through 9 p.m. Friday; elsewhere, the warning is in effect from 9 p.m. Thursday through Friday night.
Two counties in extreme northeast North Dakota — Walsh and Pembina — are not included in the warning, but are in a winter storm advisory; it's the same for portions of Polk and Norman counties in Minnesota.
However, the city of East Grand Forks has declared a snow emergency, in effect as of midnight Thursday night/Friday morning. During the emergency, vehicles parked on the street are subject to ticking and towing. The emergency is in effect until all streets have been cleared to their full width.
"(Friday) morning's commute will feature snow for almost the entire (Red River Valley), except for northern parts of Minnesota," WDAY meteorologist Jared Piepenburg said during a Thursday broadcast. "Southern parts of the valley and eastern North Dakota, heavy snow is expected. ... Travel will be tough. It will be slow going throughout the day, at least throughout the early afternoon (Friday)."
The National Weather Service sent a chart shortly before 4 p.m. Thursday that showed the latest snow predictions. It shows 5 to 9 inches for Devils Lake and Finley, 3 to 7 inches for Grand Forks and Ada, 2 to 6 inches for Langdon and 1 to 5 inches for Grafton. The Minnesota communities of Hallock, Thief River Falls and Fosston all are shown as potentially receiving 0 to 2 inches, according to the NWS. However, the NWS notes on the map that the diagonal line from Langdon to Detroit Lakes — including the Grand Forks area — have the "highest snowfall uncertainty."
Temperatures Thursday and Friday in Grand Forks will be in the teens, while WDAY predicts Saturday to have a high of 13 and a low of minus-9. There is another chance of snow on Tuesday.