Weekend offers some potential for 'significant snow,' wind, bitter cold
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - A major winter storm with "significant" snow fall, strong winds and dangerous wind chills will disrupt lives in the Northern Plains this weekend, the National Weather Service in Grand Forks says.
A winter storm watch has been issued for the Red River Valley region from late Friday night through late Saturday night. Conditions are expected to improve slowly Sunday as a low pressure system moving Saturday across the Dakotas slowly moves south out of the region.
The weather service says snow is expected to move into the Devils Lake basin Friday night and then sweep east into western Minnesota by Saturday morning.
The storm has the potential to add six or more inches of snowfall to what we've already got, the weather service says. If all goes as expected, strong northerly winds will gust to more than 30 mph Saturday and Saturday night and produce near-blizzard conditions in open country, the weather service says. Wind chills could reach 40 below zero.