Weather Service: Ice storm, blizzard, heavy snow still on the way
FARGO—A promised holiday storm in the Red River Valley was to begin Sunday afternoon, Dec. 25, with scattered freezing rain that was forecast to reach from southeast South Dakota to Minnesota's lakes country by 3 p.m., when the sleet was expected to turn into snow.
According to a report released Sunday afternoon by the National Weather Service office in Grand Forks:
Between 5-6 p.m. Sunday, heavy snow was expected to develop in a band extending from Valley City and Hillsboro in North Dakota to Bemidji in west central Minnesota.
Snow and winds along and to the north of that band were expected to intensify into the evening and overnight Sunday, with very heavy snow expected between 5 p.m. and midnight.
Travel in the northern parts of the Red River Valley were expected to be dangerous if not impossible by late Sunday afternoon.
Snow accumulations Sunday evening into Monday morning were expected to be between 8-12 inches in the Grand Forks, Mayville and Cooperstown areas of North Dakota, according to the Weather Service, which said the Fargo-Moorhead area was expected to receive 1-2 inches of snow.
The strongest northwest winds are expected Monday morning in eastern North Dakota and winds will peak in western Minnesota sometime Monday afternoon.
Winds in the area are expected to drop to about 10 to 15 mph by Monday night or Tuesday morning, according to the Weather Service.