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Forum staff reports, Published January 13 2011

Hazardous weather outlook issued for eastern ND, northwest Minn.

FARGO – The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for portions of eastern North Dakota and west-central and northwest Minnesota.

Light snow will occur across most of the area today and tonight, with accumulations of 1 to 3 inches expected along and north of a line from Devils Lake, N.D., to Grand Forks to Park Rapids, Minn. Little to no accumulation is expected south of that line, the weather service said.

The forecast also calls for light snow Friday into Friday evening, with 1 to 4 inches expected across much of the area. Winds will increase Friday night, causing some blowing and drifting snow, the weather service said.

A fast-moving storm system is forecast to affect western and central North Dakota Friday and Friday night. Strong winds up to 35 mph are expected to enter western North Dakota Friday afternoon and spread into central parts of the state through the evening and night.

The winds have the potential to create hazardous driving conditions, with blowing snow causing reduced visibility. Temperatures also are likely to fall sharply through Friday afternoon and evening, with chills of 30 below zero possible, the weather service said.