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Forum staff reports, Published January 11 2009

Travelers beware: Colder temps, snow expected tonight

An Alberta Clipper system is expected to pass through the region late today and early Monday, bringing 2 to 6 inches of snow, winds gusting up to 30 miles per hour and hazardous travel conditions – especially in open areas.

Dangerous wind chills – as low as 31 below – may also hit the region Monday, according to the National Weather Service office in Grand Forks, N.D.

A second front will follow on the heels of the clipper, bringing even colder temperatures by midweek. Wind chill values may drop to nearly 50 below by late Tuesday and into Wednesday. Actual air temperatures could plummet to 40 below in some areas Thursday morning.

Bill Barrett, meteorologist with the weather service, says the region has been “unseasonably cold” since Thanksgiving, and that the first half of this month appears to be following suit.

On a brighter note, Barrett says temperatures will likely warm up after this week.