Freezing rain moving into region; weather advisories posted
Park Rapids will be under a winter weather advisory for freezing rain, rain and snow starting Monday morning.
"It's a very slow-moving system," said National Weather Service meteorologist Dan Riddle.
"The heaviest ice accumulation will be in the Red River Valley but you can expect some hazardous travel conditions by mid-morning Monday," he said.
Freezing rain Monday morning should turn to rainfall by Monday afternoon because of temperatures expected in the 30s.
"The afternoon trips will be much easier for school buses and people driving home," he said.
And he said that even though the majority of the system's moisture will be concentrated west of the Hubbard County region, it won't take much precipitation to "ice things over substantially."
Cold rain falling on cold ground will still make travel very dangerous, the NWS warns.
Precipitation will eventually turn to snow by Tuesday, Riddle said. The area could see an inch or more of new snow.
Here is the forecast:
Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 33. South southwest wind around 7 mph.
Tonight: A chance of freezing rain after mid-night. Increasing clouds, with a low around 17. South southeast wind between 6 and 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Monday: Freezing rain likely before noon, then rain or freezing rain. High near 35. Southeast wind between 11 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New ice accumulation of 0.1 to 0.3 of an inch possible.
Monday night: Freezing rain before midnight, then snow and freezing rain likely. Low around 28. East southeast wind between 10 and 14 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
Tuesday: Snow likely, mainly after noon. Cloudy, with a high near 33. East southeast wind 6 to 10 mph becoming southwest. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Tuesday night: A 40 per-cent chance of snow. Cloudy, with a low around 18.
Wednesday: A 30 percent chance of snow, mainly before noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 30.
Wednesday night: A slight chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 13.
Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 24.
Thursday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 6.
Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 22.
Friday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 2.
Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 15.