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Forum staff reports, Published December 03 2013

Road conditions not expected to improve in region; winter storm warning continues through Thursday morning

FARGO – With slick and snowy roads around the Fargo-Moorhead area, local law enforcement agencies have been dealing with a slew of crashes.

Road conditions are not expected to greatly improve as a winter storm warning will continue through today until 6 a.m. Thursday morning, according to the National Weather Service in Grand Forks.

While the metro area may not see rapid snowfall during the storm, about 1½ to 2 inches will drop every six hours as a storm system moves through the area, said Pete Speicher, a meteorologist with the weather service.

By this afternoon, winds will pick up and visibility will be reduced to less than 2 miles and down to a half-mile at times, he said.

The strong winds will sweep in a cold front expected to last into the weekend.

“Going into Thursday morning, you’re looking at 15 to 25 mph winds with colder air, so wind chills will be approaching 20 below zero on Thursday morning,” Speicher said. “The (winter storm warning) could be followed by a wind chill advisory.”