First Winter Storm
October 26, 2017
(WDAY/WDAZ TV) The first winter storm of the season is expected to hit the region Thursday and Thursday night. This will be as much a wind storm as a snow storm although any snow accumulation will become a problem due to the fierce wind expected.
Thursday morning, most of the region will wake up to temperatures in the 40s. Strong northerly wind will develop and increase to 30-40 with gusts to 55 mph. From northwest to southeast across the region, snow is expected to develop. At first it will be wet snow or even rain which will change to snow as the temperature drops to near freezing. Several inches of snow is expected across much of northern Minnesota along and north of U.S. Highway 2. Only light snow is expected elsewhere, but where some snow accumulates, even as little as an inch, conditions will be icy and visibility poor due to the strong wind.