UPDATED: Waiting for Round 2: Blizzard could be on the way for Hubbard County
Hubbard County is on the eastern tip of a large area that could see blizzard conditions Tuesday and Wednesday and the largest snowstorm of the season, bringing a foot of new snow to the area.
The National Weather Service in Grand Forks has been swamped with phone calls the last two days so the Enterprise was unable to speak to a meteorologist Monday morning. The area saw nearly 8 inches of snowfall Sunday.
The forecast for the Park Rapids area calls for more snow and wind gusts up to 31 mph Tuesday. A multi-county blizzard watch extends from central North Dakota through west central Minnesota.
A weather briefing by the NWS Monday noon indicated:
Expectations of 12 - 15 inches of new snow are expected.
This will be the strongest storm of the season.
Storm will hit the Red River Valley the hardest.
This storm is drawing moisture from the Gulf of Mexico which we will see in snow fall.
Winds speeds in the 20 - 30 mph range with gusts to 40 mph are possible.
Meanwhile snowmobilers are reporting excellent conditions in Paul Bunyan State Park and on other trails.
Groomers were out in force starting Sunday.
"The snow has arrived and it is looking like winter! The Forest Riders Snowmobile trail system has received approximately 8 inches of great new snow! There are a few reports of up to a foot in some areas and it is still snowing!!! The groomers will be out tomorrow in full force maintaining the trails. The snowmobiling will be excellent! Remember to check on lake ice depths before crossing lakes. Be safe!"
That was the report from the Forest Riders Club.
Here is the extended forecast.
Today: Scattered flurries before noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 18. West northwest wind between 6 and 8 mph.
Tonight: A 20 percent chance of snow after midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 13. Southwest wind 6 to 9 mph becoming southeast.
Tuesday: A 50 percent chance of snow. Cloudy, with a high near 28. Breezy, with a east south-east wind 9 to 12 mph increasing to between 19 and 22 mph. Winds could gust as high as 31 mph. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.
Tuesday Night: Snow and areas of blowing snow. Low around 23. Breezy, with a east northeast wind between 21 and 23 mph, with gusts as high as 34 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90 percent.
Wednesday: Snow before noon, then snow likely and areas of blowing snow after noon. High near 29. Blustery, with a north northeast wind between 13 and 22 mph, with gusts as high as 32 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent.
Wednesday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 13.
Thursday: A 20 percent chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 30.
Thursday Night: A chance of snow. Cloudy, with a low around 21.
Friday: A slight chance of snow. Partly sunny, with a high near 29.
Friday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 12.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 23.
Saturday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 8.
Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 29.
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