More than a month before the average first day of measurable snow typically falls on Crookston, the city is included in a winter storm watch for late Wednesday night through Thursday night, along with the rest of western Polk County. The National Weather Service says it's possible that up to six inches of heavy, wet snow could fall before the system leaves the region.
Rain is expected to develop into heavy snow Wednesday night and continue all day Thursday. In most cases, the warm ground temperatures would melt the snow early on, but because the storm system is expected to linger for a while, don't be surprised to see accumulated snow when you wake up Thursday morning.
If there's a positive side to all of the precipitation, it's that it should help ease the threat from all the fires reported in northwest Minnesota. Firefighters battling the blazes on Tuesday said they'd welcome an early blanket of white.
Due to blowing snow, with north winds increasing to 20 to 30 mph, visibilities may be near zero on Thursday, making travel potentially hazardous.
Check back later for further updates on weather conditions, and remember to monitor the latest forecasts before traveling. It’s likely that as the system gets closer, the National Weather Service will either upgrade its alert to a winter storm warning, or downgrade it to something like a winter weather advisory.
Even if the storm lives up to its advance billing and does leave accumulated snow in its wake, with weekend highs expected to reach the 50s, we’re not necessarily in for a white Halloween.