Winter storm headed for far northern Minnesota
GRAND FORKS - Winter will finally make an appearance in the Red River Valley on the first day of December, but the heavy snow is expected to miss the Fargo-Moorhead area, the National Weather Service said today.
A storm system entering central British Columbia this morning will track into far northeast North Dakota and across extreme northern Minnesota on Tuesday, the weather service said.
The heaviest snow - up to 6 inches - will likely fall in a band from Brandon, Manitoba, to the Pembina and Hallock areas, then toward International Falls. Winds will increase to 20 to 35 mph Tuesday afternoon, causing considerable blowing and drifting snow.
People who plan to travel along the Canadian border or into Manitoba on Tuesday should monitor later forecasts, the weather service said.
Farther south along U.S. Highway 2 from Devils Lake to Grand Forks, snow amounts will likely be a lot less, but there still will be a period of snow Tuesday afternoon and evening, which may make travel hazardous, the weather service said.
The area from Valley City to Fargo to Detroit Lakes, Minn., is expected to see no snow during the day on Tuesday, with some flurries or snow showers moving in Tuesday night.
The forecast for Fargo-Moorhead calls for a 20 percent chance of snow on Wednesday, with wind gusts up to 24 mph and a high near 25. After that, there's no snow in the forecast at least through Sunday.