Minnesotans know that blizzard warnings are nothing to take lightly, and with Crookston being included in the many areas affected by the winter storm bearing down on the region, you can expect the system moving in is not your run-of-the-mill storm.
With the freezing rain and light drizzle received Thursday night through Friday morning, which is expected to continue across portions of west central and northwest Minnesota, ice accumulations greater than one quarter inch are possible for the area resulting in treacherous driving conditions. Temperatures will continue to drop, causing the precipitation to change to all snow later today.
The blizzard warning issued by the National Weather Service forecast office in Grand Forks takes effect at 6 p.m. Friday and continues until noon Saturday. Five to nine inches of snow are expected to accumulate Friday night into early Saturday, and maybe another inch or two will fall on Saturday.
Considerable blowing and drifting snow will result in reductions in visibility to near zero at times, making travel extremely hazardous. Saturday will also be much colder with wind chill down to 15 to 30 below region-wide.
Everyone is reminded to take the necessary precautions needed to avoid any casualties that come with blizzards. If you have travel plans, make sure to check driving conditions ahead of time as falling and blowing snow with strong winds may lead to poor visibility and whiteout conditions. Check to make sure events and activities are still scheduled, because as of press time today numerous activities, events and athletic contests have been cancelled.