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Forum staff reports, Published January 16 2013

Snow, rain and frost create icy driving conditions in metro area

FARGO – The combination of snow, spotty rain and frost overnight created slippery driving conditions in some areas, and forecasters say more snow may be on the way.

About seven-tenths of an inch of snow fell on Fargo-Moorhead Tuesday night, followed by light rain as the temperature peaked at 36 degrees at around 3 a.m. at Fargo’s Hector International Airport.

The temperature dropped to 18 degrees by 7 a.m., and frost formed on area roads, said Bruce Nord, maintenance superintendent for the North Dakota Department of Transportation.

Crews used salt and brine to keep roadways from freezing up, but icy spots remained in some areas, including on bridge decks and ramps, he said.

The National Weather Service said light snow is possible across the Devils Lake basin and central and southern Red River Valley this morning and into early afternoon, with accumulations of an inch or so possible. Another round of light snow is possible Friday morning.

Bitter cold temperatures are expected to take hold this weekend, with a forecasted low of 14 below zero on Saturday night and highs of 2 below on Sunday and 10 below on Monday.