Forum News Service, Published December 02 2013
Snow will be followed by bitter cold
Snow is accumulating across Montana, North Dakota and northern Minnesota, with more than a foot possible in the Duluth, Minn., area.
“This is a long, drawn-out event … wave after wave of snow,” said Carol Christenson, warning coordination meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Duluth. “But there’s still a lot of uncertainty (over) exactly how much snow will fall,” especially with forecasters unsure how fast the waves of snow will move out of the region. As much as 10 inches is expected across the James River Valley in south-central North Dakota, with high winds and blowing and drifting.
“We are for sure going into the heart of winter perhaps a bit earlier than we’d all like to see,” said Peter Rogers, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Grand Forks.
“This is a significant system,” Rogers said, referring to the snow and wind heading for the area. Blizzard conditions are possible.
“We have today’s snow, we have tomorrow’s snow and potentially the wind issue.
Cold air is expected to move in by Wednesday, according to the weather service. Overnight temperatures are expected to dip to well below zero with some daytime highs not reaching zero.
Rogers said daily low temperatures well below zero are expected to linger into next week. The weather service advises people to remove as much snow as possible from walks, driveways and roads before the cold weather arrives “and it turns rock solid,” Christenson said.