The National Weather Service forecast office in Grand Forks has cancelled a winter storm watch for Crookston and other areas in the Red River Valley and replaced it with a winter storm warning, which kicks in at 6 p.m. Sunday and is scheduled to remain in effect until 6 a.m. Tuesday.
The large and potent storm system initially was supposed to impact central and eastern North Dakota more than northwestern Minnesota, but the latest forecast models show the system's impact tracking further to the east, bringing Crookston and all of Polk County into the eastern edge of the winter storm warning boundary.
Winds are supposed to start out from the southeast at 10 to 20 miles per hour, then shift to the northeast at 10 to 25 miles per hour. That will be enough to blow the new snow around, especially in open country, reducing visibilities.
The NWS is expecting a widespread band of 8 to 12 inches of snow. Some areas will get less, while other, localized areas could get more.
The storm is bound to have a major impact on activity schedules, so if you plan to venture out to an event once the storm moves in, check ahead of time to make sure your event is still on.
Check back later for further updates as the system arrives.