Winter Storm Warning (updated)

Winter Storm Warning  (updated) Click to Enlarge

Update 4:20 PM

A major winter storm has arrived in the region and the National Weather Service says the hardest hit areas could see one to three feet of snow through Saturday.

Those areas are expected to be between Langdon, the Devils Lake basin and the James River Valley. People in those areas should prepare for several days of impossible travel and the chance of being snowed in, according to the NWS.

KNOX Staff Meteorologist Mark Ewens says he expects 8-to-13 inches of snow in the Grand forks area through Saturday, but totals could vary…with lower numbers to the east and higher numbers to the west. Ewens says Larimore and Michigan could get 20 or more inches.

The NWS reports five to six inches of snow in the Langdon area Thursday afternoon and four inches in Edmore.

As of 5:00 PM, Grand Forks received 1.02 inches of rain Thursday.

Wind gusts between 30 and 45 miles an hour are forecast for the Grand Forks area with gusts of 40 and 60 to the west.

Snow will combine with highest winds to create blizzard conditions.

Most of the region is under a winter storm warning through Saturday afternoon.

There's a blizzard warning for Cavalier, Ramsey, Towner, Benson and Eddy Counties until 10 AM Friday.

There’s also a blizzard warning for Nelson, Griggs and western Walsh counties from 10 AM Friday to 1 PM Saturday.

Meanwhile, the North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) along with the North Dakota Highway Patrol (NDHP) have extended the Travel Alert as this storm continues to move east for portions of northeastern North Dakota due to heavy snow, reduced visibility, and icy roads creating hazardous driving conditions. Cities added to the Travel Alert include Cavalier, Adams, Cooperstown and surrounding areas. A Travel Alert means conditions are such that motorists can still travel in these areas, but should be advised of rapidly changing conditions. Motorists are encouraged to reduce speeds and drive according to the conditions.

As a reminder, a Travel Alert remains in place for Velva, Harvey, Towner, Devils Lake, Carrington, Langdon, Rolla, and surrounding areas due to heavy snow, reduced visibility, and icy roads creating hazardous driving conditions.

Other cities added to the Travel Alert include Jamestown, Courtenay, Valley City, Ellendale and surrounding areas..

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Forecasters are keeping a close watch on a winter storm bearing down on the region. A combination of rain…snow…and strong winds can be expected over the next couple of days. Snow totals of upwards of 30 inches could blanket the hardest hit areas.

Heavy snow this afternoon and tonight will fall just west of the Red River Valley with amounts over a foot possible thru 7 a-m Friday. In the immediate Red River Valley - including Grand Forks - there will be an extremely tight snowfall gradient and the amount of snow highly depends on changeover time from rain to snow. Rain in Minnesota thru tonight, except near North Dakota border.

A Winter Storm Warning has been posted until one p-m on Saturday.


Travel Alert issued for north central North Dakota

The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) along with the North Dakota Highway Patrol (NDHP) have issued a Travel Alert for north central North Dakota due to heavy snow, reduced visibility, and icy roads creating hazardous driving conditions. Cities in the Travel Alert include Velva, Harvey, Towner, Devils Lake, Carrington, Langdon, Rolla, and surrounding areas.

A Travel Alert means conditions are such that motorists can still travel in these areas, but should be advised of rapidly changing conditions. Motorists are encouraged to reduce speeds and drive according to the conditions.


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