BLIZZARD CONDITIONS POSSIBLE THROUGH SATURDAY: A storm threatens snow and wind for Friday and Saturday, which could lead to blizzard conditions and hazardous travel. Then we are in a mainly dry and much colder weather pattern to finish the weekend and start next week. But there is a very nice warmup going through the workweek with highs near 30 possible by Thursday.
FRIDAY: Temperatures rise to the 18-25 range by afternoon. Some light snow fell this morning, with heavier snow overspreading the region by afternoon. This storm system will be more powerful than the previous two of the workweek, packing more wind and moisture. The uncertainty lies in the track of heaviest snow. At this point, that appears more likely into Minnesota, with lesser amounts into ND. It will also be windy with blowing and drifting snow causing poor visibility and hazardous travel. Winter weather advisories are in effect through this evening. Blizzard and Winter Storm Warnings go into effect late tonight and last through Saturday evening. For the latest alerts, see the maps below.
SATURDAY AND SUNDAY: Snow continues into Saturday morning, especially east. For the latest snowfall totals, see the graphic below. Then we partially clear for Saturday afternoon. It will still be windy through the afternoon and evening, causing blowing and drifting snow, low visibility and slippery roads. There could also be ground blizzard conditions through the evening. Highs both Saturday and Sunday hold near zero, with lows dropping into the -10 to -20 range both nights.
MLK, JR. DAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY A quieter pattern sets up for MLK, Jr. Day Monday. Temperatures still start off frigid and only warm to near zero under mainly sunny skies. Overnight lows are still in the negative single digits for most, but temperatures warm into the positive single digits by Tuesday afternoon under partly cloudy skies. Our dry pattern continues for Wednesday as partly cloudy skies stick around. Wednesday's highs will warn nicely, near 20 south and in the lower teens north.
FARGO AREA 7-DAY PLANNER:
TODAY: Mostly cloudy and windy with snow. High: 25.
SATURDAY: Mostly cloudy with snow. Still windy. Morning high: 3, with temps falling through the day. Total snow potential: 4-7".
SUNDAY: Decreasing clouds. Low: -13. High: -4.
MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY: Sunny skies. Low: -18. High: 0.
TUESDAY: Partly cloudy. Low: -3. High: 18.
WEDNESDAY: Partly cloudy. Low: 6. High: 23.
THURSDAY: Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of snow showers. Low: 16. High: 29.
Updated by Meteorologist Justin Fanfarilli