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Forum Communications, Published December 07 2012

Snow expected across region; F-M may get several inches

FARGO – The Red River Valley could get a blast of snow this weekend.

A strong storm system is expected to blow through the region tonight and into Sunday morning, with snow accumulations of a half foot possible in the Fargo area, WDAY meteorologist John Wheeler said Friday evening.

Wheeler was predicting 3 to 6 inches of snow in Fargo-Moorhead, with conditions turning windy and cold on Sunday. Thermometers could register negative numbers for the first time on Monday.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm watch for an area including Fargo on Friday, expecting 4 to 8 inches on a line from Valley City, N.D., to Fargo to Bemidji, Minn., with the heaviest totals from Fergus Falls, Minn., to Wadena, Minn.

“This one will be unlike other systems we’ve had so far this year,” said Bill Barrett, meteorological technician with the NWS in Grand Forks. “Those were pretty tranquil.”

The worst of the storm is predicted to hit after midnight. Winds gusting up above 30 mph could mean low visibility and drifts on roadways. This storm’s snow will be dry, allowing the wind to pick it up more easily, Barrett said.

“That will make things messy,” he said.

Drivers should exercise caution while traveling tonight and Sunday morning and check Department of Transportation websites in North Dakota and Minnesota or call 511 for updates on road conditions.

Online

Road conditions in North Dakota: www.dot.nd.gov/travel-info-v2

Road conditions in Minnesota: www.511mn.org


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