Click on map for larger view. The numbers in red to the upper left of the observation site indicate the temperature. You see a zero at Grand Forks.
Surface pressure pattern and reports clearly showing a convergence of air masses in the state. The hammer has come down hard in portions of the Red River Valley. A Blizzard Warning has been issued for an area of southeast North Dakota, east central South Dakota and west central Minnesota.
Fergus Falls has seen their temperature drop from 36 degrees earlier today into the teens with increasing north winds. Visibility was down to a quarter mile in snow and blowing snow. Blinding snow was falling at Fargo. The Blizzard Warning extends into Detroit Lakes and Bemidji.
Colder air will be changing the rain to snow in portions of central Minnesota this evening.
If you have travel plans, please check the latest road conditions before heading out to western and northern Minnesota.
A second storm is on track to pound the same region on Friday and into New Year’s eve.