FARGO - A spring storm expected to arrive tonight could dump 4 to 8 inches of snow on parts of east-central and southeast North Dakota, including the Fargo area, the National Weather Service says.
If Fargo receives more than 5.4 inches of snow, it would make this the second-snowiest season on record. The city has received 83.7 inches of snowfall so far, the third-highest total on record behind 89.1 inches in 1993-94 and 117 inches in 1996-97.
A rain-and-snow mix will move into eastern North Dakota after midnight, eventually becoming all snow, the weather service said. Heavy snow amounts will be possible across portions of the Sheyenne River Valley into the far southern Red River Valley.
Accumulations of 4 to 8 inches will be possible, with the heaviest amounts falling west of a Cooperstown to Wahpeton line, the weather service said.
Similar snow totals are possible in the James River Valley, including the cities of Jamestown, Linton and Oakes. A winter storm warning is in effect for that area from 7 p.m. today to 1 p.m. Saturday.
A winter storm watch is in effect from late tonight through late Friday for Barnes, Cass, Griggs, Ransom, Richland, Sargent and Steele counties.