It’s nasty out there

    A lot of people don’t share a deep affinity for Mondays. Lots more people don’t like winter weather. Considering it’s Monday and Crookston is in the midst of a blizzard warning, that adds up, in many eyes, to one really, really bad day.

    A blizzard warning issued by the National Weather Service for a wide swatch of the Red River Valley that includes Crookston kicked in Monday morning and is expected to remain in effect until midnight tonight. Rain began falling shortly after 7 a.m. when temperatures remained in the upper-30s, but it changed to freezing rain, sleet and snow as the temperature dropped. The snow is expected to be blown around by wind gusts approaching 55 miles per hour, which will create white-out conditions that will make travel dangerous and likely impossible in open country.

    Once the storm blows through, it’ll leave colder weather in its wake, meaning that whatever snow accumulates Thursday, unlike the snow that fell several weeks ago and eventually melted, is likely here to stay until spring.

    Tuesday’s high temperature is expected to be in the mid-teens. By the weekend, morning lows might dip below zero.