Freezing drizzle falling across southeastern North Dakota is expected to switch to snow by late this morning or early this afternoon, with 6 to 12 inches possible in some areas by Tuesday morning, the National Weather Service said.
A freezing rain advisory remains in effect until noon today in east-central and southeastern North Dakota and west-central Minnesota. A winter storm watch will be in effect from 3 p.m. through late tonight.
Conditions in Fargo-Moorhead were foggy with freezing drizzle and a temperature of 30 degrees as of about 7:45 a.m.
Weather service meteorologist Tom Grafenauer said the potential for a narrow band of heavy snow is strongest from the Wahpeton area to the Fergus Falls, Minn., and Park Rapids, Minn., areas. Fargo is expected to receive an inch or so of snow, though the narrow band of heavy snow could occur anywhere in the watch area, Grafenauer said.
"If that band sets up, you guys could see nothing or you could see a few inches, as well," he said.
A cold front is expected to move into the area Tuesday night, bringing a brief shot of bitterly cold temperatures. The weather service predicts Thursday's high will be 8 below zero.
Here is the Hubbard County forecast:
Today Areas of freezing drizzle before noon, then snow and freezing rain likely. Areas of fog before noon. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 31. South southwest wind 5 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Little or no ice accumulation expected. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.
Tonight Snow and freezing rain, becoming all snow after 9pm. Low around 22. South southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New ice accumulation of less than a 0.1 of an inch possible. New snow accumulation of 4 to 8 inches possible.
Tuesday A 30 percent chance of snow before noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 28. North northwest wind 5 to 9 mph. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
Tuesday Night A 20 percent chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 3. North northwest wind 8 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph.
Wednesday Mostly cloudy, with a high near 6. North northwest wind 15 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph.
Wednesday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around -13.
Thursday Mostly cloudy, with a high near -4.
Thursday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around -23.
Friday Partly sunny, with a high near 6.
Friday Night A slight chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around -3.
Saturday Partly sunny, with a high near 10.