Forum staff reports, Published January 28 2013
Freezing drizzle will switch to snow; 6 to 12 inches possible in some areasFARGO – Freezing drizzle falling across southeastern North Dakota is expected to switch to snow by late this morning or early this afternoon, with 6 to 12 inches possible in some areas by Tuesday morning, the National Weather Service said.
A freezing rain advisory remains in effect until noon today in east-central and southeastern North Dakota and west-central Minnesota. A winter storm watch will be in effect from 3 p.m. through late tonight.
Conditions in Fargo-Moorhead were foggy with freezing drizzle and a temperature of 30 degrees as of about 7:45 a.m.
Weather service meteorologist Tom Grafenauer said the potential for a narrow band of heavy snow is strongest from the Wahpeton area to the Fergus Falls, Minn., and Park Rapids, Minn., areas. Fargo is expected to receive an inch or so of snow, though the narrow band of heavy snow could occur anywhere in the watch area, Grafenauer said.
“If that band sets up, you guys could see nothing or you could see a few inches, as well,” he said.
A cold front is expected to move into the area Tuesday night, bringing a brief shot of bitterly cold temperatures. The weather service predicts Thursday’s high will be 8 below zero.
Temperatures may warm up again next weekend, with predicted highs of 13 degrees on Saturday and 26 degrees on Sunday.