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Forum staff reports, Published October 18 2012

Rainfall expected to continue as wind advisory goes into effect in eastern ND

FARGO – Strong winds are expected to whip around much-needed rainfall that continues to fall in the Fargo-Moorhead area today.

As of 6:53 a.m., Fargo’s Hector International Airport had received 1 inch of rainfall since early Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.

The northern Red River Valley also is getting wet, with 0.82 inch of rainfall during the same time period at Grand Forks International Airport.

Today’s NWS forecast calls for a 90 percent chance of precipitation, with new rainfall amounts of between a quarter inch and half inch possible. Windy conditions are expected, with north-northwest winds of 28 to 32 mph and gusts as high as 45 mph.

A wind advisory will be in effect from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. today for eastern North Dakota.

Areas west of a line from roughly Jamestown to Rugby remain in a high wind warning until 7 p.m., which sustained winds from 30 to 50 mph and gusts from 60 to 75 mph possible. The weather service warned that motorists in high-profile or lightweight vehicles, or those pulling trailers, will experience difficult driving conditions. The winds also could damage rooftops and power lines, and any fires will spread rapidly.

Rainy and windy conditions will continue overnight in the Fargo-Moorhead area, with new precipitation amounts of one-tenth of an inch to a quarter inch possible.

The rain is expected to dissipate on Friday, with less than one-tenth of an inch possible as winds calm to 11 to 21 mph and the high nears 49 degrees.

Sunny weather is in store for the weekend, with predicted highs of 59 degrees on Saturday and 57 degrees on Sunday.