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Dave Olson, Published December 11 2010

Wintry weekend: Forecast calls for snow, bone-chilling cold

Red River Valley residents will be waking up to snow and wind today.

And if that isn’t bad enough, wind-chill numbers will be, well, chilling.

Eastern North Dakota and northwest Minnesota are expected to receive 2 to 5 inches or more of snow from Friday night through this afternoon, with strong winds that began Friday night continuing into today, according to the National Weather Service in Bismarck.

Farther east, the Twin Cities area and parts of western Wisconsin are expecting 8 to 12 inches of snow Friday night into today, with heavier accumulations possible in some areas.

With strong winds also forecast for those areas, blizzard conditions are possible, the weather service said.

The snow expected in the Red River Valley will be relatively low on moisture, meaning it will blow around easily and likely cause problems for drivers, said Bill Barrett of the National Weather Service in Grand Forks.

With the high temperature today expected to be around zero and the potential for winds gusting to 30 mph, Barrett said wind chills could hit 25 below zero during the day today and drop to 30 to 35 below zero before midnight tonight.

The low temperature tonight and Sunday night is expected to be about 18 below zero.

The high Sunday is expected to be about 4 below zero.

The relatively good news?

High temperatures in Fargo and Moorhead may reach 5 above by Monday and 12 degrees by Tuesday.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Dave Olson at (701) 241-5555