Winter storm continues to pound region
GRAND FORKS -- The winter storm continues.
Freezing precipitation will continue today, but mostly in northwest Minnesota. Snow will dominate in eastern North Dakota.
The rain, freezing rain and sleet mix will shift east, the National Weather Service says, by late afternoon, giving way to snow.
More snow - and north winds increasing to 25 to 35 mph - will provide the hazardous weather picture Sunday afternoon into Monday morning, following a break Sunday morning.
The northern valley will get the brunt of the snow - around 10 inches -- compared to around 5 inches in the southern valley, the weather service says.
A winter storm warning remains in effect until 6 a.m. Monday.
No travel is advised in northwest Minnesota and many areas in North Dakota because of difficult driving conditions. At 8 a.m., most of central North Dakota -- with Langdon, Devils Lake and Valley City on the eastern edge -- was in a no-travel-advised area, the North Dakota Department of Transportation reported on its Web site. Red River Valley roads were a mixed of continuous ice, compacted snow, snow covered or -- in a few places wet and slushy.
The forecast for Detroit Lakes:
This Afternoon: Snow, freezing rain, and sleet. High near 33. Southeast wind between 9 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. Little or no ice accumulation expected. Total daytime snow and sleet accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
Tonight: Snow. Low around 31. Southeast wind between 5 and 8 mph becoming calm. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.
Sunday: Snow likely, mainly after noon. Cloudy, with a high near 33. Breezy, with a northwest wind 7 to 10 mph increasing to between 17 and 20 mph. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.
Sunday Night: Snow and areas of blowing snow. Low around 17. Blustery, with a northwest wind around 20 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%.
Monday: Snow likely and areas of blowing snow. Cloudy, with a high near 18. Blustery, with a north northwest wind between 20 and 28 mph, with gusts as high as 36 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Monday Night: Areas of blowing snow before midnight. Mostly cloudy and blustery, with a low around -2.