Winter storm warning from 7 p.m. Thursday to 7 p.m. Friday

    Is this winter's last blast? That remains to be seen, but, either way, the National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for Crookston and the surrounding region from 7 p.m. Thursday to 7 p.m. Friday.   

    The southern Polk County border is on the southern edge of the storm warning boundary. From Norman County and further to the south, a winter weather advisory will be kicking in Thursday evening.   

    The NWS is calling the storm a "wintry mess" because it's expected to begin Thursday afternoon with rain and possibly some freezing rain and sleet as high temperatures reach the upper-30s. The precipitation is supposed to become all snow sometime Thursday night as a cold front moves in accompanied by higher winds. Two to three inches of snow and sleet are expected to accumulate by the time Thursday becomes Friday.   

    A couple inches of additional snow is expected to accumulate Friday, and before the system moves through the region, 4 to 6 inches could be on the ground.   

    The NWS says the system will bring multiple hazards, such as very slippery, snow-covered roads as temperatures cool Thursday night. Then, as the front pushes through on Friday, strong northerly winds with gusts to 40 miles per hour will reduce visibilities.   

    As is typically the case, once the system moves on, it will leave colder temperatures in its wake. Highs on Saturday are  forecast to be only 10 to 15 degrees, well below normal, and lows on Sunday morning could reach 5 below zero. By next Wednesday, daytime highs are supposed to be creeping up to the 30-degree range, but even that remains below the average high temperature for this time of the year.