A powerful winter storm system is forecast to track across South Dakota into southern Minnesota Tuesday into Wednesday, bringing widespread heavy snow and blizzard conditions to portions of the eastern Dakotas and Minnesota. The worst conditions are expected near and south of the Fargo area, where snowfall totals of 30 cm or more are expected along with strong winds and blizzard conditions, especially Tuesday night into Wednesday. Travel will become severely impacted in this area with highway closures possible, including the I-94 corridor between Bismarck and Minneapolis. The storm is expected to affect much of northern and and central Minnesota as well, including through the Minneapolis area where a wintery mix of snow, freezing rain and ice pellets is likely. People planning on travelling to or through the Dakotas or Minnesota tonight or Wednesday should be prepared to alter travel plans as this major winter storm moves in.
The storm is not expected to impact southern Manitoba, although some snow from the system will spread up to the international border where a few cm are possible.