Forum staff reports, Published January 25 2014
Blizzard Sunday could be 'most severe of the season'; no travel advisedFARGO – The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning for Sunday, with wind gusts of more than 50 mph that will create widespread whiteout conditions.
Between 2 and 4 inches of snow is expected along and west of the Red River Valley tonight, with 1 to 3 inches possible in Fargo, according to the weather service.
Another half inch of snow could fall Sunday, but high winds will create “extremely hazardous” wind chills, according to the weather service.
“This blizzard has the potential to be the most severe of the season … and could be a life-threatening situation if stranded,” the weather service said.
Northwest winds Sunday of 20 to 30 mph will increase to 30 to 40 mph, with gusts over 50 mph expected.
Wind chill values could approach 50 below zero by Sunday evening.
“These dangerous wind chills may continue through Monday night,” the weather service said.
A blizzard warning means travel will be extremely dangerous. “Do not travel,” the weather service advises. “If you must travel … have a winter survival kit with you. If you get stranded … stay with your vehicle.”