Winter Storm Watches have been posted from eastern Wyoming to northwest Minnesota in anticipation of a large swath of snow to streak east and north on Thursday night through Saturday morning. Impacts will be felt the hardest in eastern North Dakota and northwest Minnesota on Friday night and Saturday.
Near blizzard conditions are possible late Friday night and Saturday that would include Grand Forks, Fargo, Thief River Falls, Roseau and Detroit Lakes.
A portion of the statement from the National Weather Service in Grand Forks:
* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS ARE EXPECTED TO BE HIGHEST IN THE DEVILS LAKE
TO ROSEAU AREA WHERE 8 TO 10 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE. 6 TO 8 INCHES
WILL BE POSSIBLE BETWEEN THAT AREA SOUTH TO A VALLEY CITY TO
BEMIDJI LINE. LIGHTER ACCUMULATIONS WILL BE FOUND IN
SOUTHEASTERN NORTH DAKOTA INTO WEST CENTRAL MINNESOTA.
* WIND CHILL VALUES OF 25 TO 30 BELOW ZERO WILL BE POSSIBLE WEST
OF THE RED RIVER LATE FRIDAY NIGHT INTO SATURDAY MORNING.
This storm system is forecast to track through central Nebraska on Friday and then move into central Minnesota later on Friday night.
Updated thinking on the most likely area to receive eight or more inches of snow Friday afternoon through Saturday morning:
The GFS model places the center of lowest pressure in northern Minnesota on Saturday morning.
This nice image from NOAA's GOES shows the snow cover over the region and the urban area of the Twin Cities.
Looks like an active, more January-like weather pattern in store next week.
Highs are expected to be in the 30s for a couple more days in the Twin Cities, with Perhaps a shot at 40 F on Friday at the International Airport of Minneapolis/St. Paul.