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Storm could bring 5 to 10 inches of snow to Fargo area

Winds are expected to only be in the 10 to 15 mph range.

The National Weather Service in Grand Forks is predicting moderate to high chances of 6 or more inches of snow starting Thursday night for a large portion of eastern North Dakota and western Minnesota.
National Weather Service

FARGO — Just when residents felt like they were getting a break with warmer weather and no snow, it's coming to an end.

WDAY StormTracker meteorologist Jesse Ritka said the Fargo-Moorhead area could see 6 inches of snow or more on Friday and the National Weather Service said a total of 5 to 10 inches of snow is possible from Thursday night through Friday.

If there is any good news to the situation, Ritka said there "won't be the nasty winds with gusts in the 50 mph range associated with this storm like the last ones."

Winds are expected to only be in the 10 mph to 15 mph range.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for a wide swath of central and eastern North Dakota and west central Minnesota with possibly up to eight inches in some places.


The storm could be upgraded to a winter weather advisory or winter storm warning in some areas.

Ritka said the heavier snow so far looks like it'll be to the west and south of Fargo.

She said that appears to put the heaviest accumulation in the Valley City-Jamestown area.

To the north and east of Fargo, Ritka is predicting lighter amounts of snow from 2 to 4 inches.

The weather service said there is still some uncertainty with the path of the storm so snowfall totals could vary.

Ritka said traveling will likely be a problem with visibility and slippery road conditions when the snow is falling.

As far as temperatures, it'll be in the 20s yet on Thursday but on Friday the highs are expected in the teens, she said.

The temperatures will drop below zero again into Saturday morning, but should climb above the doughnut hole later in the day.


Winds are expected to stay light next week with temperatures in the 20s early in the week but falling into the single digit range later in the week with a few below zero nights.

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