March is certainly showing its lion-like ways this year. According to the National Weather Service forecast office in Grand Forks, Crookston and areas predominantly to the west are in for another snowy weekend, which kicks off with a winter storm watch in effect late tonight through Friday night.
As the system moves in, expect the winter storm watch to be upgraded to a winter storm warning or downgraded to a winter weather advisory, or no advisory at all. It all depends on the exact track the storm takes. As always check the event schedule before you venture out to make sure your event is still on.
Snow accumulations of three to six inches are expected to begin around 1 a.m. Friday morning with increasing winds of 9 to 20 mph and blowing and drifting throughout the day and into evening hours. Wind chill values may drop as low as 18 degrees below zero. The possibility for freezing rain exists, further impacting on weekend travel plans.
To put the finishing touches on the snowy beginning of the weekend, the weekend is expected to conclude with more white stuff as well. Although no advisories, watches or warnings have yet to be issued, the NWS is forecasting "snow likely" Sunday into Sunday night, with several more inches potentially falling on Crookston. The wind is expected to pick up as well, with plenty of fresh snow to blow around.