The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory and hazardous weather outlook for parts of the region and a blizzard watch and winter storm warning will begin later today.
A winter storm carrying snow from the Rockies through western North Dakota is expected to push into eastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota today. Snow is expected to move into the Devils Lake basin this morning and will continue to push eastward, according to the National Weather Service.
Snowfall will range from about two inches at the North Dakota-South Dakota border to as much as six inches in the Lake of the Woods area, including a forecast of two to five inches of snow accumulation in the Grand Forks area.
Hubbard County is in store for several inches of new snow over the next few days and subzero temperatures.
More snow is expected tomorrow, followed by strong winds creating near whiteout conditions at times on Thanksgiving Day west of the Red River Valley.
Forecasters say the heaviest snow is expected in northwest and north central North Dakota, which could see up to eight inches. But blowing snow and cold temperatures are likely to cause problems for holiday travelers in much of the two-state area. Overnight low temperatures in some areas could drop to 10 below zero. With strong winds it could feel as cold as 35 below.
The National Weather Service's blizzard watch will be in effect from late tonight through Thursday afternoon for parts of eastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota.
A winter weather advisory is in effect until midnight tonight for parts of eastern North Dakota and some northwestern Minnesota communities. A winter storm warning for heavy snow will begin at noon today and will run through 6 p.m. Thursday for Roseau, Lake of the Woods, North Beltrami counties and eastern Marshall County.
A hazardous weather outlook is also in effect for portions of eastern North Dakota, west central and northwestern Minnesota.
Here is the Park Rapids area forecast:
Today: Snow, mainly after noon. High near 27. South southeast wind between 10 and 17 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. Total daytime snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.
Tonight: Snow, mainly before midnight. Low around 0. Wind chill values as low as -17. South southeast wind 9 to 17 mph becoming west southwest. Winds could gust as high as 23 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.
Thanksgiving Day: Snow likely, mainly after noon. Cloudy, with a high near 10. Wind chill values as low as -19. West southwest wind between 14 and 18 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.
Thursday Night: A 20 percent chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 0. Wind chill values as low as -17. West northwest wind between 9 and 17 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph.
Friday: Partly sunny, with a high near 18. West northwest wind between 7 and 11 mph.
Friday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 7.
Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 23.
Saturday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 12.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 31.
Sunday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 17.
Monday: A slight chance of snow. Cloudy, with a high near 28.
Monday Night: A slight chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 14.
Tuesday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 23.