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Blizzard Conditions Through Tonight in the Upper Midwest

1 Feb 2022, 7:30 am

A fast moving clipper-type weather system is bringing strong winds to the Upper Midwest, creating blizzard conditions today. Travel will be difficult, if not impossible at times in the Red River Valley of North Dakota and Minnesota.


Blizzard warnings and winter weather advisories continue through tonight for the blowing snow. Winds up to 50 mph may produce blizzard-like conditions with near zero visibility.

The Winter Storm Severity Index is highlighting some spots in North Dakota and northwest Minnesota for moderate ground blizzard impacts for Tuesday. Low visibility, white out conditions, plus finger and pillow drifts are possible across roadways. Some road closures may occur. Conditions will be improving through the evening hours and into Wednesday.


The low pressure center has moved into Ontario, dragging a cold front eastward across Lake Superior. Strong wind gusts will continue with snowfall amounts remaining minimal.

Low visibility and near white-out conditions will be possible as the wind remains strong across the Red River Valley of the North.

The wind will start to diminish this evening, but still remain brisk, creating bitter wind chills.


Behind the cold front, temperatures will tumble for the middle of the week. With a persistent breeze Wednesday morning, the wind chills will become subzero across the Upper Midwest, dropping to 20 to 30 below in parts of the Dakotas and Minnesota.

WeatherNation will keep you up-to-date on-air and online on the potential of blizzard conditions in the Upper Midwest.

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Taban Sharifi grew up in Southern California between Los Angeles and San Diego. She is a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) with the American Meteorological Society (AMS). She has a B.S. in Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Environmental Sciences with a minor in Environmental Systems and Society from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Go Bruins! While in school, Taban was a meteorology... Load More intern with NBC LA. There she helped forecast daily weather for the greater Los Angeles region and created a playbook to deploy weather sensors for NBC owned-and-operated stations across the country. Her first on-air job took her to San Angelo, Texas, where she was a morning meteorologist and co-anchor. Working in West Texas gave her knowledge and experience covering severe storms. From there, she moved to Palm Springs, California. People think forecasting in California is sunshine all the time, but with temperatures in the 120’s, wildfires, damaging winds, floodings, and earthquakes, the forecasting kept her very busy! She also worked there as a general assignment reporter and told community stories. Taban is excited for the challenge and opportunity to forecast nationally with WeatherNation. She also looks forward to exploring all that Colorado has to offer!