Grand Forks — The blizzard warning for the northern Red River Valley has been lifted overnight, but that doesn’t mean residents in the area are out of the cold yet.
Grand Forks and East Grand Forks schools were two hours late on Fridays, as was UND. A travel ban has been issued for parts of northwestern Minnesota and northeastern North Dakota. Temperatures will continue to drop over the weekend, with cold winds expected.
On Thursday afternoon, the National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning for Trail, Grand Forks, Walsh, and Pembina counties in North Dakota and Norman, Polk, Marshall, and Kitson counties in northwest Minnesota.
The warning was in effect until noon Friday. However, overnight the blizzard warning was downgraded and the region was placed on a winter weather advisory.
Despite the short blizzard warning period, the Herald named after East Grand Forks’ Kaitlyn Olson, who won the Home of Economy Grand Forks Herald’s Pie Bake-Off last summer, after the storm. named Blizzard Caitlin. Other names Blizzard has been named so far this year are Blizzard Alexandra (after Alexandra Lunseth, a recent Mrs. North Dakota winner) and Blizzard Barry (Barry Wilfahrt, Grand Forks – after the head of the East Grand Forks Chamber of Commerce Chamber of Commerce).
The Herald has been naming Blizzards since 1990, alternating male/female names in alphabetical order to honor local residents and record the storm for history. The Herald usually uses the name of a person in the news, a famous person, a mythical figure, or someone associated with the Herald. The record is 8 during the winter of 1996-97.
As the sun rose on Friday morning, the storm wasn’t technically a blizzard, but it still had many of the characteristics of a blizzard, including high winds, low temperatures, and reduced visibility.
It also caused various delays and closures, including late hours for schools in Greater Grand Forks and other schools in the area. I was told to
Around 7 p.m. Thursday, a North Dakota Highway Patrol vehicle that had stopped to respond to a four-vehicle crash on Interstate 29 near Argusville, North Dakota, was struck. During the investigation of the crash, the northbound lane was closed for more than two hours for him.
Around midnight, the wind was strong, but the temperature reached over 32 degrees in the area. It crusted the snow and helped reduce blizzards.
“We’re just not up to blizzard standards,” WDAY meteorologist Lydia Bloom said on the station’s early morning broadcast on Friday.
She said there had to be winds of at least 35 mph, but “it does,” she said, but visibility had to be less than a quarter mile for three straight hours. it won’t work. She said it wasn’t necessarily happening.
At 6am, the high winds were definitely present. Gusts were in the 40 mph range over Grand Forks and other cities in the area.
Windy chills will remain dangerous over the weekend, especially Saturday. According to the National Weather Service, Saturday’s high will be just -5 in Greater Grand Forks, but it will feel as low as -32.
Highs on Sunday and Monday are around -4.