As a cold front tracks across North Dakota tonight, the strong wind from today will turn out of the north between 20-40 mph and gusting as high as 55 mph! Most of the snow that fell this afternoon will be too heavy to blow around, especially with the crust building over it from temperatures in the upper 30's. However, more snow showers will be developing tonight, which could last as long as Friday afternoon but are more likely to diminish by Friday morning. These snow showers tonight will provide blowable snow across the area. Snow showers overnight won't produce much accumulation, but it will be enough for concerns over blizzard conditions, even with just .25 to 1 inch of new light snow. Conditions outside of the blizzard warning will still have hazardous traveling conditions.
Overnight after the cold front passes, we will experience quickly falling temperatures. This will create a flash freeze. Meaning all the wet roads from today will freeze over, creating very slippery road conditions overnight and for Friday.
BLIZZARD WARNING IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 9 AM CST FRIDAY...
* WHAT...Blizzard conditions are expected, with total snow accumulations of up to one inch. Winds gusting as high as 55 mph from the north.
* WHEN...From midnight tonight to 9 AM CST Friday.
* IMPACTS...Plan on slippery road conditions as temperatures fall rapidly. Widespread blowing snow will significantly reduce visibility. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning commute. In addition, cold wind chills as low as 25 below zero could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes.
* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Strong north winds combined with falling snow will lead to whiteout conditions during the overnight period and into Friday morning. These conditions could last into early Friday afternoon if snow showers persist.