Round 2 of snow, wind for Fargo-Moorhead areaFrom bad to worse to not so bad – the predicted severity of a winter storm moving through the area changed frequently Monday but a winter weather advisory for most of the Red River Valley remains in effect until noon today.
By: Wendy Reuer, INFORUM
From bad to worse to not so bad – the predicted severity of a winter storm moving through the area changed frequently Monday but a winter weather advisory for most of the Red River Valley remains in effect until noon today.
Even though it is the area’s second storm in a week, this time the Fargo-Moorhead area isn’t stuck in the storm’s eye. Instead, the Minnesota lakes area is predicted to bear the brunt of the storm’s snowfall.
“We’ve been kind of in a hole, if you will. It’s been snowing really hard in Detroit Lakes today,” John Wheeler, WDAY Chief Meteorologist, said early Monday evening.
Last week’s storm set records for the day’s snowfall, with more than a foot falling in the F-M area last Monday. Western North Dakota and Minnesota received significantly less snowfall.
This week’s storm began with a 24-hour advisory issued at noon on Monday that was upgraded to a winter storm warning later in the day. By late Monday night, a warning remained for the lakes area, but the F-M area was once again returned to an advisory when snowfall appeared to be less than originally planned.
Although the National Weather Service in Grand Forks predicts only 1 to 3 inches of snow for Fargo-Moorhead, it is the 30 to 40 mph winds this storm could bring that pose a problem.
Dan Riddle, a NWS meteorologist, said the wind may blow some commuters’ times back this morning.
“We could have some lingering light snow in the morning, but certainly the winds will be up through the morning,” Riddle said. “It’s pretty nasty travel overnight through the morning rush (today). The lakes country will get the brunt of the snow with this, but they will get a little bit less wind over there.”
Western Minnesota should expect between 4 and 8 inches of snow, Riddle said.
Dana Hanson of the Minnesota Department of Transportation said roads were already slippery near Detroit Lakes on Monday afternoon.
Cass County Deputy Tim Briggeman was just starting his shift at 8 p.m. Monday, but he was preparing for an “ugly” night on rural roads as winds were already whipping through Fargo.
“If there is an emergency, we have to get there. We don’t have a choice. We have the four-wheel drives at our fingertips so we are always available,” Briggeman said.
November is already on the record books as one of the snowiest for this area.
With spring flooding in the back of many minds, Wheeler said the high November snow was not necessarily a sign of things to come this winter.
“The water content of this snow has been really low,” he said.
After snow subsides this afternoon, the rest of the week is expected to be clear, with a small chance of light snow this weekend.
“It just needs to quit snowing every few days,” Wheeler said.
Readers can reach Forum reporter Wendy Reuer at (701) 241-5530