Warning: Bad Weather Ahead [UPDATED]Published 5:28am Monday, November 22, 2010 Updated 9:26am Monday, November 22, 2010
A winter weather advisory is in effect for Fergus Falls and Otter Tail County and will be active through 9 p.m. tonight. Light snow and freezing drizzle began falling this morning.
That will be followed by a winter storm watch that could disrupt Thanksgiving travel plans, which will run from 6 a.m. Wednesday until 6 p.m. Thursday, according to the National Weather Service in Grand Forks, N.D.
“Travel will be impacted, especially in open areas, on Thursday,” meteorologist Jim Kaiser said.
Otter Tail County is expected to see 1 to 3 inches of snow throughout the day, he said, with another 4 to 6 inches accumulating Wednesday night throught Thursday morning.
With the storm system staying further north, areas like Fargo saw at least 4 inches of snow as of Monday morning, with more expected.
Thursday will be very windy, with gusts of at least 25 mph, Kaiser said, causing reduced visibility from blowing and drifting snow.
“If you’re traveling, have a winter survival kit in your car,” he said. “Stay up-to-date with the forecast between now and Wednesday for more specifics.”
Today’s storm follows a day of poor road conditions across the state.
Freezing drizzle and rain coated central and southern Minnesota roads with ice and caused hundreds of accidents, including at least two fatal car accidents. In one, a 12-year-old girl was killed in Stearns County.
The precipitation hit the state late Saturday night causing dozens of accidents on freeways and side streets in the Twin Cities area. Roads are still slick Sunday and the National Weather Service says freezing drizzle could continue into the night.
The State Patrol says a four-vehicle accident on icy roads near Litchfield around 11 p.m. Saturday night resulted in the death of 44-year-old Kimberley A. Mead of Willmar.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.