First widespread snow of season expected in region
GRAND FORKS -- Dust off those winter driving skills. The first widespread snow of the season is quite possible by late tonight in the Red River Valley, and perhaps sooner across much of North Dakota.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory from 7 p.m. today until 7 a.m. Thursday for eastern North Dakota and the Red River border counties of northwest Minnesota.
Light snow still is expected elsewhere in northwest Minnesota late tonight and into Thursday, but primarily south of U.S. Highway 2. No advisories have been issued outside the Red River Valley so far. One to three inches of snow could fall in Becker County..
The weather service says a strong weather disturbance will move across northern South Dakota late today and tonight and into central Minnesota Thursday morning, causing precipitation to expand in coverage over central North Dakota this morning and expand eastward into eastern Minnesota this afternoon and tonight.
According to the weather service, the type of precipitation isn't entirely clear yet. Most areas will begin with a snow and rain mix, it says, before changing to snow -- especially west of the Red River Valley, where two to three inches of snow is likely tonight.
The rain-snow mix in Grand Forks, Fargo and the rest of the Red River Valley might continue well into the night and limit new snow to an inch or two. Temperatures are expected to hover near or below the freezing mark, according to the weather service, meaning slick roads could result.
A winter weather advisory for snow means that periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow-covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving, the weather service advises.