Dangerous Wind Chills and Blowing Snow: Now Through Saturday!

A winter weather advisory has been issued in Eastern North Dakota and portions of Western Minnesota through tonight until 6:00 pm Saturday.
Through tonight and Saturday expect areas of light snow and strong NNW winds between 20-40 mph producing areas of blowing and drifting snow. Affecting the Northern Valley worse sooner tonight since there is more available snowpack to blow around. This will become more widespread throughout tonight and on Saturday as more snow falls. Subzero temperatures are also spreading across the Northern Plains producing dangerous wind chills across the state. Coldest in Western ND and Montana where wind chills are expected to hit more than -60, while within eastern ND and portions of Minnesota only -20 to -45 through our weekend. There are wind chill warnings and advisories issued through the weekend. Blowing snow and light snow continues on Saturday with dangerous wind chills.

Expect drastically reduced visibility in spots through tonight as well as on Saturday down at quarter mile. Blizzard conditions will likely occur at times in areas, that being said blizzard warnings may be issued for Saturday depending on exactly how much fresh snow falls through tonight and Saturday. I expect around an inch or two to the fall but a few models are hinting at possible slightly higher amounts around 2-4. Expect difficult driving conditions through Saturday with dangerous wind chills stretching through the weekend.

Justin Storm