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Forum staff reports, Published January 31 2013

Wind chill warning, advisory in effect through Friday morning

FARGO – Dangerous wind chills of up to 50 degrees below zero will keep the region in the deep freeze through Friday morning, the National Weather Service said.

Blowing snow reduced visibility for motorists in some areas this morning. The Minnesota State Patrol closed U.S. Highway 2 between East Grand Forks and Crookston shortly after 7 a.m. because of poor visibility, patrol Sgt. Jesse Grabow said.

A wind chill warning is in effect until 9 a.m. Friday for all of western and central North Dakota and until 6 p.m. today for all of eastern North Dakota except the counties bordering Minnesota.

Those border counties and adjacent counties in Minnesota remain in a wind chill advisory until noon Friday.

Wind chill values are expected to range from 40 below zero to 50 below zero today and remain in the 25- to 40-below range tonight and Friday morning, the weather service said.

The bitter cold will give way to warmer temperatures this weekend and next week, with forecasted highs of 23 on Saturday, 21 on Sunday, 19 on Monday, 23 on Tuesday and 26 on Wednesday.