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Dave Olson, Published December 24 2009

STORM UPDATE: Valley gets 2 to 5 inches of snow, additional 8 to 12 inches expected

FARGO - The winter storm that descended on the Red River Valley Wednesday night had deposited 2 to 5 inches of snow by 6 a.m. today, when a temporary lull set in, the National Weather Service said.

The next wave of the storm is expected to move in later tonight and an additional 8 to 12 inches of snow is expected to fall by Saturday morning, according to the Weather Service.

The heavy snow forecast for Friday will be whipped by winds of 20 mph to 35 mph over most of North Dakota and South Dakota.

Blizzard conditions may develop over the Dakotas and travel in most parts of the region, including Minnesota, will be hazardous, the Weather Service said.

Snow totals for the entire storm may reach 16 to 20 inches over southeast North Dakota and much of central and southern Minnesota. A total of 10 to 12 inches could be recorded along the Canadian border, according to the Weather Service.