The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for the Bemidji area from noon Wednesday through 6 p.m. Thanksgiving Day. Snow totals could reach 3 to 7 inches by the end of the day Thursday.
A storm system moving from the Rockies into the western Dakotas will help push snow into eastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota. Snow will move into the Devils Lake basin Wednesday morning and spread eastward in the afternoon.
Snowfall amounts are expected to range from 2 inches near the South Dakota border to 6 inches in the Lake of the Woods region. There will be a brief break in the snow late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning, followed by a second wave that could add 1 to 3 inches of snow.
West winds will pick up behind the system on Thursday, creating hazardous conditions.
Here is the latest forecast for the Bemidji area:
This Afternoon: Snow. High near 26. Southeast wind between 13 and 16 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. Total daytime snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.
Tonight: Snow. Low around 7. Southeast wind 9 to 17 mph becoming southwest. Winds could gust as high as 23 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.
Thanksgiving Day: Snow likely. Cloudy, with a high near 10. Southwest wind between 14 and 16 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.
Thursday Night: A 20 percent chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 2. Wind chill values as low as -17. West wind between 14 and 18 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph.
Friday: Partly sunny, with a high near 17. West northwest wind between 11 and 14 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph.
Friday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 7.
Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 24.
Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 11.
Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 31.
Sunday Night: Cloudy, with a low around 16.
Monday: A slight chance of snow. Cloudy, with a high near 29.
Monday Night: A slight chance of snow. Cloudy, with a low around 16.
Tuesday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 23.