Area schools two hours late; Blizzard warning in effect until 6 p.m. tonight
Park Rapids, Menahga and Nevis schools are starting two hours late today after strong winds and blowing snow made driving conditions difficult overnight.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory that remains in effect until 6 p.m. tonight. Northwest winds will increase throughout the day to 23 to 26 mph, with gusts as high as 37 mph at times, causing blowing snow, according to the weather service.
Snow accumulation for the day is less than half an inch. Open areas have the potential for near zero visibility from blowing snow.
According to the National Weather Service out of Grand Forks, N.D., temperatures will fall to around -1 by 3p.m. Wind chill values will be as low as -26.
Tonight, the low temperature will be around -15 with wind chill values as low as -30. It will continue to be blustery, with a north northwest wind of 17 to 22 mph decreasing to 8 to 13 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 29 mph.
Friday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 8. Wind chill values are predicted as low as -32. Light and variable wind will become south southwest at 5 to 9 mph in the afternoon. Friday night, snow is likely with a chance of precipitation at 60 percent. The low will be around 7 degrees.
Saturday has a 40 percent chance of snow before noon. It will be mostly cloudly with a high near 21 and a north northwest wind of 10 to 13 mph.
By Sunday, the high will be near 29 and it will be sunny.