FARGO - Although snow of up to six inches or more and winds reaching 35 mph were expected in the Red River Valley on Wednesday, Oct. 10, the wet and heavy white stuff isn’t likely to stick around for long.
The snow and high winds were expected to start showing up in eastern North Dakota and northwest Minnesota Tuesday night, and the National Weather Service said the inclement conditions were likely to hang around through Thursday morning.
The drizzle that soaked the Fargo-Moorhead area most of Tuesday, Oct. 9, was expected to turn into moderate rain late Tuesday night, according to Weather Service meteorologist Carl Jones,
He said between midnight Tuesday and about 3 a.m. Wednesday rain was expected to turn to snow in eastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota, likely causing problems for morning commutes.
The National Weather Service is warning the region to brace for snow and strong winds that could result in snow accumulations of 6 inches or more in some areas. Fargo-Moorhead is expected to receive 2-3 inches of snow, with heavier amounts possible in some areas.
Also, the wind, with gusts up to 35 mph, could cause a number of nasty issues, including power outages and downed trees and tree branches, Jones said.
Temperatures will remain right around freezing, 32 degrees, during the snowfall and will last through Wednesday. The mercury won’t dip below freezing until Thursday morning, according to Jones.
“Thursday during the day will be seasonably chilly,” he said, adding that the high for Thursday will be in the mid-30s regionwide.
“The coldest morning will likely be Friday morning. We’ll lose cloud coverage and with the fresh snow that may dip temps into the lower 20s and we could even seen lower teens in some areas,” Jones said.
While the forecast is confident that snow and high winds are coming, exactly where the heaviest stuff will hit is less certain.
The deepest snow accumulation is expected in northwest Minnesota, including the Thief River Falls area.
The Weather Service said the intensity of the weather in any given area will depend on where a narrow band of heavy snow and high winds actually forms.
Because many trees still have their leaves, the snow and winds will likely cause more problems than they would if they occurred later in the season, the weather service said.
Jones said that the seven-day forecast doesn’t have any more snow in store, meaning the fluffy stuff that fills front yards and roadways will start melting pretty quick.
“We can start to melt some of this snow next week and hopefully it won’t stick around,” he said.
For more information, view the weather service’s North Dakota situation report here: https://www.weather.gov/media/fgf/sitreport/SitReport1.pdf.
Or visit the NWS website here: www.weather.gov/fgf.