It appears strongest system will miss to the south.
Yet another complex series of weather systems is bearing down on the region this weekend, with Crookston and the surrounding area expected to get some accumulating snow that will be blown around by high winds that will result in dangerous wind chill readings.
Will this be the winter weather system that finally brings snow that actually stays and doesn't eventually melt away? It's probably too early to tell.
The National Weather Service forecast office in Grand Forks at this point has only issued a "special weather statement" regarding the multiple systems that are poised to start moving into the Northern Plains Friday evening. In central Minnesota and further south toward the Twin Cities metro area, as well as areas in southern North Dakota and South Dakota, a winter storm watch has been issued.
Closer to home, the system that's expected to impact Crookston and the Red River Valley is poised to move in late Friday night through Saturday and bring possibly two to four inches of snow. The system is bookended by one that will hit move into South Dakota during the day Friday, and the strongest one that will hit central and southern Minnesota Saturday into Sunday.
If you have plans to travel, make sure to get the latest weather information before you venture out.