Major storm could hit region starting this weekend
FARGO – Meteorologists are monitoring the possibility of winter weather hitting the region later this week and into early next week.
The National Weather Service in Grand Forks said there are many unknowns at this point, but forecasts indicate light snow and freezing rain starting north of Highway 200 that runs across central North Dakota from west to east on Friday, March 2, and lasting through Saturday.
“The greatest possibilities of nasty winter weather will be Sunday (March 4) and Monday,” wrote meteorologist Jennifer Ritterling in a newsletter Wednesday, Feb. 28.
Impacted areas currently include the entire states of Minnesota and North Dakota and much of Wisconsin and South Dakota.
With the storm system being days out, what meteorologists know at this point is a lot of moisture with the potential for heavy snow and maybe rain will move from Central Rockies into the Northern Plains. Along with precipitation are strong winds, particularly Monday and Tuesday, March 6, bringing issues of blowing snow.
Meteorologists are unclear how warm temps will be during this storm and what time certain locations will be impacted and precipitation amounts.
The Weather Service encourages people to monitor forecast with any upcoming travel plans and consider preparing vehicles and homes for the risk of winter weather.