Expect to receive 6 to 10 inches of snow on Sunday
FARGO - Much of the Red River Valley and west-central Minnesota could be in for some snow and blizzard-like winds starting early Sunday morning.
A winter blast moving out of the Rockies and into the Dakotas has caused the National Weather Service to issue a winter storm watch for much of the region for later this weekend.
The Fargo-Moorhead area is expected to receive for 6 to 10 inches of snow throughout Sunday, said WDAY meteorologist Daryl Ritchison. Temperatures will be in the mid-20s, with winds picking up as the day goes forward.
"Sunday just looks to be a horrible day," Ritchison said, adding that some lingering effects of the storm could cause some school announcements on Monday morning.
He said Saturday will be a nice day, with temps sticking around the mid-20s with light winds, but the snow will start to come down about 3 Sunday morning.
On Sunday afternoon, the weather service predicts strong winds from 25 to 35 mph in the southern part of the Red River Valley, greatly reducing visibility.
"If we could get up to blizzard or near-blizzard conditions, it'll probably be later in the day (on Sunday)," Ritchison said.
The system could bring 6 inches of snow on a line from Jamestown through Grand Forks and up to Roseau, Minn., according to the weather service.
The heaviest snowfall is forecast in the southeastern part of the valley. Up to a foot of snow could fall from Wahpeton, N.D., to Fergus Falls, Minn., and up to Bemidji, Minn.
South Dakota is expected to get the brunt of the storm. The weather service has issued a blizzard watch late Saturday through Sunday for portions of the southeast and east central parts of the South Dakota.
Ritchison said temps in the Fargo-Moorhead area should stay fairly high moving into next week after the storm passes, maybe dipping into the teens.