BEMIDJI -- While the Red River Valley braces for blizzard-like conditions, the Bemidji area will see more of a mix of rain, snow and ice the next several days.
The Bemidji area remains under a winter weather advisory through 1 a.m. Friday, according to the National Weather Service in Grand Forks, which oversees the Bemidji area.
The region is expected to see 3 to 5 inches of new snow, but mixed with rain, it will create slippery road conditions the next few days, the weather service said. Wind gusts as strong as 40 mph also are expected.
More snow will fall farther west, toward Grand Forks. The Red River Valley and much of northeast North Dakota are in a blizzard watch, and 6 to 12 inches of snow is expected in the region, with some areas possibly receiving as much as 18 inches of snow. In addition to northeast North Dakota, the blizzard watch also includes many northwest Minnesota counties, including all of Polk and parts of Clearwater. Some meteorologists say the Red River Valley blizzard could be “historic.” The region is bracing for hazardous road conditions and possible power outages and street flooding in some areas.
The system should move through the region by Friday, the weather service says.
Here’s a look at the weather service forecast for Bemidji:
Tonight: Rain. Ice accumulation of less than one quarter of an inch. Lows 30 to 35. Northeast winds 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain near 100 percent.
Thursday: Light snow, possibly mixed with rain and freezing rain in the morning, then light snow, possibly mixed with rain in the afternoon. Patchy blowing and drifting snow in the afternoon. Snow accumulation up to 2 inches. Total snow accumulation up to 2 inches. Highs in the mid 30s. Windy. North winds around 15 mph increasing to northwest around 25 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation 90 percent.
Thursday night: Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of light snow. Lows 15 to 20. Northwest winds 15 to 25 mph.
Friday: Mostly cloudy. Highs in the mid 20s.
Friday night: Partly cloudy. Lows 10 to 15.
Saturday: Mostly sunny. Highs 30 to 35.
Saturday night: Mostly cloudy. Slight chance of light snow. Lows 15 to 20.
Sunday: Partly sunny. Highs in the mid 30s.