FARGO — Southeast North Dakota and northwest Minnesota are expected to see several inches of snow Sunday night into Monday morning.
Just before 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, the National Weather Service in Grand Forks issued a winter storm warning expected to impact travel Sunday evening and into the Monday morning commute for Valley City, Fargo, Park Rapids and areas to the south.
Those areas should expect 4 to 7 inches of snow, according to the NWS forecast. Counties north of the warning area, where a winter weather advisory has been issued, should expect 3 to 5 inches.
WDAY meteorologist Summer Schnellbach said snow would be dry and fluffy, with winds at 15 to 30 mph.
Snowfall will peak from 9 p.m. to around 4 a.m., which is also when travel is expected to be most treacherous due to heavy snow accumulations, snowdrifts and limited visibility from blowing snow. The NWS reminded motorists to check road conditions by calling 511 before driving in potentially dangerous conditions.
In a press release, Fargo Public Works Ben Dow said crews will focus on plowing snow emergency routes plowing overnight.
"Residential street plowing may not begin until mid-Monday morning," he wrote. "For safety reasons, please give snow removal equipment as much room as possible and be patient as crews work diligently to clear the roadways."
Areas along Interstate 94, where the most snow was expected to fall, could see "crippling travel impacts," the NWS said.
Snow and wind are expected to diminish in the Red River Valley around 8 a.m. Monday and in north-central Minnesota by noon.
The storm will be followed by a blast of ice-cold arctic air, with high temperatures remaining near or below zero early this week.