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Forum staff reports, Published October 19 2013

Snow, high winds expected through Sunday afternoon

FARGO – Meteorologists are predicting snow, high winds and “unseasonably cold” temperatures starting early Sunday in Cass and Clay counties.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for much of northeast and east-central North Dakota and west-central Minnesota from 4 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sun-day.

Snowfall of 1 to 4 inches is expected across the advisory area with local, higher amounts of 5 inches possible, the weather service said. The precipitation may begin as rain and snow before becoming all snow.

North winds will increase to 20-30 mph on Sunday morning, so some blowing and drifting snow is possible in open areas, the weather service said.

The winter weather advisory area for Sunday includes Cass, Traill, Steele and Griggs counties in North Dakota and Clay, Becker, Otter Tail, Norman, Mahnomen, Wadena and Hubbard counties in Minnesota.

There is also a hazardous weather outlook for those counties as well as Barnes, Ransom, Sargent and Richland counties in North Dakota through Friday.

In the hazardous weather outlook area, the weather service is predicting “unseasonably cold” weather, with temperatures resembling average temps for November.