Grand Forks area placed on winter storm watch as high winds Monday and Tuesday could be troublesome – Grand Forks Herald


GRAND FORKS – Blizzard conditions are possible in northeastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota, with the National Weather Service reporting winds could be up to 60 mph.

The NWS, in a package distributed to the media on Sunday, January 30, said the front is likely to hit the region Monday evening through Tuesday noon.

“Light snow can combine with strong northwesterly winds, resulting in severely reduced visibility in the north,” the NWS said in the packet. “Where new snow is not falling, strong winds at 60 mph can still bring ground blizzard conditions if older snow breaks off.”

As a result, according to the NWS, “blizzard conditions are possible beginning late Monday evening, persisting through noon Tuesday.”

A winter storm watch has been issued for a number of counties in the region. The communities included in the monitoring are Grand Forks, Fargo, Devils Lake, Langdon, Hallock, Grafton, Cando, Finley, Valley City and Wahpeton in North Dakota and Hallock, Roseau, Baudette, Thief River Falls and Ada in Minnesota.

Snow greater than 1 inch is very likely in the Hallock, Roseau, Thief River Falls and Baudette areas, the NWS predicts. Reed has an 88% chance of receiving more than an inch, while the chance in Grand Forks is around 73%. The odds decrease further west and south.

Strong winds are more likely to impact the region. The NWS reports that there will likely be northwesterly winds of 25mph to 40mph across most of the region, and “highest gusts of up to 60mph are possible from the river valley. Red and the places to the west”.

This could lead to significant travel impacts due to whiteout conditions, with the worst likely to arrive on Tuesday morning.


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