... Messy mix of wintery precipitation Friday into Saturday...
A storm system will move into the region Friday, bringing a mix of
wintery precipitation for the end of the work week and start of
the weekend. The precipitation is expected to move into
southeastern North Dakota by mid-day, with the bulk of the
precipitation arriving Friday afternoon into Friday night. At
this time, the heaviest precipitation amounts look like they will
extend from eastern North Dakota and the Red River valley counties
into west central Minnesota.
With the start of the precipitation falling during the day, there
is a high level of uncertainty how much will be snow and how much
will be rain. And if there is snow, how much will accumulate given
warm ground temperatures on paved surfaces and the power of the
March sun. There will be a better chance for accumulating snow
Friday night into Saturday morning. Some freezing rain or drizzle
mixing in as precipitation tapers off is not out of the question.
The best chances for more than 4 inches of snow accumulation
currently look to be in the Devils Lake and Sheyenne river basins.
But even those locations with less snow could see a sloppy mess
freezing on roads by Saturday morning. Travel could become
difficult in some areas. Stay tuned for more updates on this
developing storm system.
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Issued: 4:49 AM CDT Mar. 21, 2018 – National Weather Service