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Wendy Reuer and Archie Ingersoll, Forum staff writers, Published December 04 2013

VIDEO: As the snow eases, brace yourselves for extended subzero temps

FARGO – The falling flakes may have slowed down by Wednesday night, but the winds were picking up and bringing in subzero temperatures with deep wind chills expected to last at least a week.

Vince Godon, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Grand Forks, said Wednesday night that Fargo received a total of 4.3 inches of snow.

A winter storm warning issued Tuesday was expected to expire at 6 this morning, but the weather service said the warning would likely be followed by a wind chill advisory.

Temperatures were dropping to a low of zero overnight and are not expected to climb past single-digits today, Godon said.

A high of 2 degrees today was predicted with a wind chill of about 20 below zero.

Godon said the chilling temperatures would hover around zero for the next seven days.

With winds gusting between 25 and 35 mph overnight and into today, the fresh snow will likely continue to cause problems on roads, which have been slick since the first round of snow came into the area early this week.

“The big concern is going to be the blowing and drifting snow,” WDAY meteorologist Aaron White said. “It’s definitely going to create some drifts onto the roads.”

Between 8 a.m. Tuesday and 10 a.m. Wednesday, Fargo police were dispatched to 41 crashes, three of which involved injuries, Lt. Joel Vettel said.

In Moorhead, Sgt. Clint Stephenson said his department received reports of about six crashes between 7 and 10 a.m. No motorists were hurt, he said.

Across Minnesota, state troopers handled 175 crashes Wednesday, with 137 occurring in the Twin Cities area. No serious injuries or fatalities were reported.

The Minnesota State Patrol has also counted 192 cases of vehicles off the road and one jackknifed semi as of Wednesday afternoon.

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