FARGO — Blustery weather expected to arrive in the Fargo-Moorhead area Thursday night, Jan. 14, will likely be light on snow and not as windy as originally thought.

That's according to John Wheeler, chief meteorologist for WDAY-TV, who said the system that is expected to bring strong winds and snow to the area starting on Thursday will likely result in snow totals in the Fargo-Moorhead area of an inch or less.

Fresh snow accumulations are expected to be light in the Fargo-Moorhead area Thursday night, Jan. 14, into Friday morning, Jan. 15. Forum file photo.
Fresh snow accumulations are expected to be light in the Fargo-Moorhead area Thursday night, Jan. 14, into Friday morning, Jan. 15. Forum file photo.

He said winds are expected to be in the 20-25 mph range with gusts 30-35 mph.

In the near term, Wheeler said Thursday will start out mild, with temperatures above freezing and scattered snow showers beginning in the afternoon.

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Steadier snow is expected to start Thursday evening and continue into Friday morning, though Wheeler reiterated that snowfall totals are not expected to be substantial.

"I think the biggest concern is how strong does the wind get?" Wheeler said, adding that he and National Weather Service forecasters are not expecting blizzard-level conditions.

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Wheeler said there is some potential for winds to reach 40 mph or greater in parts of the Red River Valley south of Fargo-Moorhead, but chances for that are not very high.

He added that the falling snow Thursday night and Friday, combined with falling temperatures could make things very, very slippery.

Throw in strong winds, Wheeler said, and "it's going to make for some difficult open-country travel."