Grand Forks meteorologist: 'Highest snowfall forecast of my 30 year career'

Some ridiculous snowfall totals could occur in eastern North Dakota.

Take one look at the snowfall forecast maps being issued by the National Weather Service for a powerful snowstorm impacting North Dakota and extreme western Minnesota and your jaw will drop. 

The meteorologist who wrote the forecast discussion Tuesday morning for the National Weather Service in Grand Forks began by writing: "The most difficult snow forecast and highest snowfall forecast of my 30 year career."

The storm is expected to deliver two rounds of very heavy snow. Here's round one for Thursday through 7 a.m. Friday.

Tab2FileL (3)

This is round two, representing additional snowfall from 7 a.m. Friday through 1 p.m. Saturday. 

Tab3FileL (4)

It's laughable to think that 1-2+ feet of snow could fall Oct. 10-11, but that's what the weather service is projecting for parts of eastern North Dakota.

Sign up for our BREAKING WEATHER newsletters

The totals in the row of Minnesota counties bordering North Dakota will be lesser, but 0-4 inches today coupled with 6-12 inches Friday-Saturday is still a lot. 

The aforementioned Minnesota counties – Kittson, West Marshall, West Polk, Clay, Wilkin, Cass – are in a winter storm warning from 7 p.m. Thursday though 1 p.m. Saturday. 


Here's the official winter storm warning text for the Minnesota counties. 

"Rain becoming mixed with snow and turning to snow tonight. Snow, heavy at times Friday into early Saturday. Risk of freezing rain as well this evening. Total snow accumulations of 6 to 15 inches...with highest amounts west of Fargo. Winds gusting as high as 45 mph."

For the Twin Cities, the storm system will bring showers and wind, but the thing people will notice the most is the temperatures plummeting from in the mid-60s Thursday to a high on Friday of around 40. 

"We'll see on and off rain today, with more widespread rain coming this afternoon and evening along a strong cold front that will sweep across the area," says the National Weather Service in the Twin Cities. "Most of us will see our first snow fly this weekend, but any accumulations look to be confined to the Morris and Alexandria areas in western Minnesota."

Next Up

Em1jOWyWEAwspXK (1)

St. Paul homicide suspect arrested by FBI in Chicago

A 34-year-old Minneapolis man was killed in the Nov. 14 shooting.

Sanford Health

Sanford Health 'parts ways' with CEO after his face mask comments

Kelby Krabbenhoft had been with the company since 1996.

closed sign

What's open and closed in Minnesota on Thanksgiving Day 2020?

Most services will not be running on Thursday and unlike most years, many stores will be closed, too.


How a turkey's brush with celebrity in Bloomington came to a tragic end

DNR: if you care about wild animals, stop feeding them

TCF Bank Stadium

Saturday's Gophers/Badgers football game canceled due to COVID-19 issues

The Battle for Paul Bunyan's Axe will not take place for the first time since 1906.

coronavirus, Iowa

MN health officials don't think downside of COVID-19 peak has arrived

We could be in a trough between a series of waves, Jan Malcolm said.

covid-19, coronavirus

Wisconsin reports record 104 deaths from COVID-19 Tuesday

That's roughly 10% of the total in the nation in a 24-hour period.


Husband and wife sentenced for fraud scheme through their drywall firm

The Annandale pair bilked an insurance company out of more than $300,000.


4 pedestrians suffer life-threatening injuries after being struck by vehicle

Two vehicles crashed into a car that was on the side of the road after striking a deer.

Marcus Carr

Gophers season preview: New lineup, deeper bench, more questions

Mathew Goldstein takes a deep dive into the murky waters of the college hoops season.


snow, driving snow

Early look at predicted snowfall totals; 2nd storm after Thanksgiving?

Roads are expected to be treacherous late Tuesday night and Wednesday.

no travel advised North Dakota

First flakes fly around Twin Cities as ND, northwest MN get rocked

The Twin Cities will take a few flurries compared to what's happening to the northwest.

snow, buses, metro transit

Blizzard warnings issued for 'potentially historic' snowstorm

Parts of southwest Minnesota could get 2 feet of snow.

snow, buses, metro transit

Updated snow timing, totals for Friday-Saturday winter storm

The storm is approaching from the south Friday morning.

Winter storm warning issued: 12 inches of snow possible

It could be the biggest snowfall of the winter for parts of the Twin Cities.

Winter storm watch: A foot of snow possible in the Twin Cities

The snow is expected to bring heavy snow most of the day Friday.

Snowstorm still on track to hit MN, major snowfall totals possible

Bottom line: it's still on track to cause major travel disruptions in Minnesota.