A spring snow storm closed schools in North Dakota Tuesday and the National Weather Service in grand Forks, N.D., predicted a 100 percent chance of up to 9 inches Tuesday night for the Bemidji area.
Radar images Tuesday afternoon showed two major storm systems situated in eastern North Dakota and the Minnesota-Wisconsin border.
Bemidji remained under a winter storm warning Tuesday into today, and by the time the system passes through, could dump more than a foot of snow on the region, according to the National Weather Service.
Lows were predicted at 22 degrees Tuesday night with gusty winds. The prediction for today is an 80 percent chance of another 6-10 inches possible with a high near 27 degrees. The high winds will continue today with colder temperatures expected tonight. The low was predicted at 4 degrees with winds calming today into Thursday.
A storm system crossed the West Coast and moved eastward into the Great Plains Tuesday into today, according to the NWS. Precipitation spread into eastern North Dakota and west central Minnesota by Tuesday afternoon.
Thursday should be mostly sunny with a high near 29 and gentle wind coming from the south.
University of North Dakota canceled classes starting at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday as a result of worsening weather conditions. Supervisors have also been asked to consider the travel needs of UND employees.
A press release sent by the university said UND officials would continue to monitor weather conditions and would advise students and staff if additional changes to university operations and hours were deemed necessary.