Winter storm could drop up to 7 inches of snow by Thursday evening

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for Grand Forks through 9 p.m. Thursday. During a conference call Wednesday afternoon, meteorologist Amanda Lee said that snow was expected to continue on and off for the rest of Wedn...
Eric Hylden / Forum News Service Duane Wages, a truck driver for Britton Transport in Grand Forks, faces a stiff north wind Thursday as he walks from his parked truck to the store at the Flying J Travel Plaza along Interstate 29 on the west side of Grand Forks.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for Grand Forks through 9 p.m. Thursday.

During a conference call Wednesday afternoon, meteorologist Amanda Lee said that snow was expected to continue on and off for the rest of Wednesday. As of noon Wednesday, the weather service's Grand Forks office recorded 2.3 inches of snow. In total, up to 7 inches could blanket the region by Thursday evening, according to the weather service.

The projected high for Thursday is minus 6, while wind chills could make it feel as cold as 35 below zero.

Gusts are expected to move in as high as 38 mph.

The brunt of the storm will hit Fargo, Wahpeton, N.D., and other areas in southeast North Dakota and west-central Minnesota. The weather service has issued a blizzard warning in those areas starting at 6 a.m. Thursday through 9 p.m.

While there was no blizzard warning for Grand Forks, it's "definitely not out of the question" over the next few days, Lee said.

Meanwhile, the North Dakota Department of Transportation and the North Dakota Highway Patrol on Wednesday afternoon issued a travel alert for the northeastern portion of the state, including Grand Forks. Motorists were advised to exercise caution and reduce speeds. The two state agencies also said drivers should be ready for "rapidly changing conditions."

In addition, East Grand Forks declared a snow emergency effective 3 a.m. Thursday. The emergency remains in effect until streets have been cleared "to their full width," officials said on the city's website. No parking is allowed on East Grand Forks city streets while the emergency is in effect.