Although it seems as though over the past week or so that we've received snow almost daily and that it's been blown around quite often by significant winds – conditions that haven't triggered any weather advisories, watches or warnings – the National Weather Service forecast office in Grand Forks has issued a winter storm watch for Crookston and the surrounding region Sunday morning through Monday morning.
The storm could bring 6 to 12 inches of snow, which is expected to beginning falling after midnight Saturday night and continue all day Sunday. Winds will shift to the north on Sunday and increase to 25 to 35 miles per hour.
The exact track of the system coming out of northeastern Colorado remains uncertain. At some point as Sunday nears the NWS will likely downgrade its alert to a winter weather advisory, or upgrade it to a winter storm warning. At this time, it appears as though the area from Roseau to Grand Forks to Jamestown is on the western edge of the main storm and can expect up to six inches of snow. The heaviest snow as of now is expected to fall in an axis from near Watertown, S.D. toward Wahpeton and Fergus Falls and to Bemidji, where up to a foot of snow could fall.
If you have travel plans, make sure any events you're planning to attend haven't been postponed or cancelled, and check for the latest weather conditions before you venture out.