Weather Forecast


Arctic blast: Wind chills of 50 below expected tonight across Red River Valley

Strong winds and ground blizzard conditions greeted motorists on Interstate 94 in North Dakota on Thursday as an Arctic cold front entered the state with wind gusting to 55 mph reducing visibility along the interstate causing hazardous travel conditions and dangerous wind chills to continue through Friday morning across the state. This view of I-94 at sunrise is west of Mandan. Photo by Tom Stromme / Bismarck Tribune

FARGO – Bundle up.

That was basically the message the National Weather Service sent out Friday, Dec. 29, when it warned of hazardous wind chills heading for the Red River Valley. The wind chills were expected to last from Friday through Monday morning, with the weather service describing the conditions as “a long duration” threat.

Wind chills in the 40 to 50 below range, or even lower, were expected in some spots Saturday night, according to the weather service, which added that wind chills of 35 to 45 below zero are expected for Sunday, New Year’s Eve, and into the first morning of 2018 on Monday, Jan. 1.

According to the weather service’s website, daytime highs Saturday will be around minus 15 degrees, with the overnight low Saturday night expected to be around minus 27 degrees.

Daytime highs Sunday are expected to be around minus 9 with overnight lows around minus 21.

Monday is expected to see daytime highs around zero, with the low Monday night expected to reach about minus 9 degrees.

According to the weather service, the frigid wind chills Saturday and Sunday nights will be caused by winds expected to be 7 to 10 mph on Saturday night and about 6 mph on Sunday night.

The weather service sent a strong reminder to the public to dress appropriately for any time spent outdoors and to have survival kits in vehicles.