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Forum and wire reports, Published March 08 2009

Blizzard watch issued for Red River Valley

A blizzard could be headed for Fargo and the surrounding region this week, bringing with it the possibility for 6 to 12 inches of new snow and dangerous wind chills near 30 to 35 below.

Though snow is expected to start falling Monday, the heaviest snow likely will show up Tuesday morning. North winds on Tuesday could rise to 25 to 35 mph, with gusts of 45 mph.

The National Weather Service in Grand Forks on Sunday issued the blizzard watch for early Tuesday, predicting the strongest winds will pick up Tuesday afternoon.

The weather service also says wind chills are expected to become dangerous by Tuesday, and high temperatures each day will be only zero to 5 above.

The area of the blizzard watch ranges from the Canadian border south, including Devils Lake to Baudette, Minn., to the South Dakota border, including Gwinner, N.D., and Fergus Falls, Minn., including, Grand Forks, Crookston and Fargo.

A blizzard watch means a potential for falling and/or blowing snow with strong winds and extremely poor visibility, making travel very dangerous.