The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for the region starting between 11 a.m. and noon on Tuesday, Dec. 29, and lasting until 6 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30.
Snowfall of up to 2 to 5 inches and wind gusts up to 35 mph will be possible Tuesday afternoon, and road conditions are expected to be slippery. Partial blowing snow could impact visibility. Motorists are urged to use caution during the evening commute, as well as tomorrow morning's commute.
Snow will start in late morning in southeastern North Dakota and will move northeast throughout the day. Flakes are expected to start falling in Fargo between 11 a.m. and noon.
WDAY Meteorologist Lydia Blume says the forecast shows the Fargo-Moorhead area will likely see 2 to 4 inches of snow, with lakes country and areas to the southeast, including Detroit Lakes, Perham and Fergus Falls, getting a little more, possibly up to 5 inches in some areas. The Grand Forks area is expected to see 2 to 3 inches of snow.
"So the evening commute will be kind of messy," said Blume. "There will be minor blowing and drifting — not the blizzard we had last week, but it will be messy."
Blume says the snow will gradually come to an end overnight from west to east, starting in Jamestown, but Wednesday is expected to be windy, so the morning commute could also be tough as the new snow blows around.
There is a chance of a few lingering flakes in the morning.
After the midweek snow, skies are expected to clear, and normal or slightly above-normal temperatures will last through the end of the year. According to the WDAY StormTracker, conditions will remain partly cloudy through Sunday, Jan. 2, when flurries are possible. Relatively warm weather is also in the WDAY forecast at the start of next week, when temperatures in the high 20s and low 30s are expected.