A foot or more could fall by Wednesday

    National Weather Service meteorologists say a complex weather system that’s bearing down on Crookston and the surrounding region in multiple waves could dump as much as a foot of snow in some areas before it moves out Wednesday.   

    Around three inches of snow fell overnight in Crookston and more was falling at press time. That snow is coming as part of a winter weather advisory that’s set to expire at 6 p.m. Monday. Then, beginning Tuesday morning and continuing into Wednesday afternoon, a winter storm watch has been issued. Expect it to either be ramped up to a winter storm warning or downgraded to another winter weather advisory as the storm system gets closer to the region and has a more defined path.   

    Monday’s system is mostly about snow and not a lot of wind and cold. But the stronger, second system is expected to bring not only another six inches or so of new snow, but increased north winds that could result in blizzard conditions Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday.   

    As is often the case when a winter storm blows through the region, it will leave bitterly cold temperatures in its wake. Highs on Friday aren’t expected to reach the zero mark, and lows that night are expected to flirt with the 20 below zero range. The NWS says the cold temperatures could be accompanied by wind chill readings in the 35 below range by Wednesday night.   

    As the storm arrives, double-check any travel plans you may have.