FARGO — A winter system of snow and wind is forecast to form in the Midwest by the middle of next week, and the Fargo-Moorhead area could catch the northern tip of it on Thanksgiving Day.
That's according to the National Weather Service forecast, which anticipates a 40% chance of snow on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28.
Beyond that, it's unclear which parts of the region the winter system may affect and to what degree, said Nick Carletta, a meteorologist with the weather service in Grand Forks.
"At this point, we can't comment on expectations on snow totals, but there will be the potential for some good snow totals in the Midwest, depending on where the storm ends up tracking," Carletta said.
He said the anticipated winter weather system could arrive in the area sometime between Wednesday and Friday of next week, with the best chance of winter weather occurring on Thursday.
Anyone planning to travel on Thanksgiving Day, particularly if that travel means heading south or southeast, should pay attention to forecasts as the week progresses, Carletta said.
John Wheeler, chief meteorologist for WDAY-TV, said that as of Friday afternoon the anticipated weather system was a low pressure system located east of Siberia.
"By the time it is ready to traverse the Rocky Mountains and head into the Great Plains, it might be one big storm, a relatively small one, or it could break into two or three smaller systems," Wheeler said.
"The storm, or the smaller systems, might come right for us, or miss us entirely," Wheeler said, adding that it was too soon to speculate on possible snow amounts and wind speeds the system may produce late next week.