Just like the forecasters said it might, some snow fell late Sunday night into early Monday morning on Crookston and the surrounding region...and then the wind really started to howl, blowing the fresh snow around and creating blizzard conditions.
At press time Monday, the National Weather Service forecast office in Grand Forks still had a blizzard warning in effect for Crookston and areas to the north and east until 6 p.m.. Closer to eastern Polk County, a winter storm warning is in effect.
The snow is expected to taper off this afternoon, but it’s still supposed to be blown around by 30 to 40 mile per hour winds, with gusts approaching 50 mph.
Snowfall amounts have been estimated in the 3 to 7 inch range, but with all the wind and drifting it’s kind of hard to tell exactly how much has fallen, or continues to fall.
Although conditions in town might seem less than terrible, forecasters and law enforcement advise that in open country the wind gusts are causing white-out conditions, and plows are having a hard time keeping up with drifts forming across the roadway.
There was already no classes today in Crookston schools because of President’s Day, but the University of Minnesota, Crookston, after U.S. Highway 2 was closed early Monday morning, closed campus for the entire day. Numerous other events and activities have been cancelled and/or postponed, so if you were planning to venture out, make sure your activity is still on.