Here it comes: Area to see first winter storm this weekend
BEMIDJI—A winter storm is on its way to the Upper Midwest, though the heaviest snow could shift to southeast of Fargo and up toward Bemidji.
The National Weather Service issued a special weather statement Tuesday forecasting heavy snowfall and strong north winds that could come to the Red River Valley and north-central Minnesota as early as Thursday evening. Though the track and timing of the storm is uncertain,—it may not hit until Friday morning—the potential for snow is across most of North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota, and even into parts of Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, Iowa and Wisconsin.
Early projections had the heaviest snow staying in a band stretching from south central South Dakota into central and east North Dakota, as well as northwest Minnesota and into southern parts of Manitoba and Ontario. But weather models produced Tuesday show that band shifting to southeast of Fargo and into Minnesota's lakes country, said Brad Hopkins, a meteorologist with the weather service's Grand Forks office.