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Emily Welker, Published January 15 2014

Worst winds of winter expected in Thursday blizzard

FARGO – Thursday’s blizzard won’t set any records for added snow, but it just might be the hardest-blowing blast of cold air we’ve seen so far this year.

“It’s not the worst we’ve had, but it’ll probably be the worst we’ve had this winter,” WDAY chief meteorologist John Wheeler said of the 50 mph gusts predicted in a storm set to kick in Wednesday night.

Winds were expected to be in the 15 mile per hour range through Wednesday, but pick up to 25 miles per hour by midnight.

Wheeler didn’t expect much in the way of snow accumulation, probably under an inch Wednesday night and Thursday.

But a ground blizzard was set to kick up blowing snow especially out on the open country, where conditions for travelers could go from whiteout to decent visibility. A blizzard warning was issued by the National Weather Service, effective through Thursday at 9 p.m.

In town, Wheeler predicted it would be much better for drivers, although with temperatures expected to rise above freezing and then re-freeze, icy roads could be a concern.

Temperatures were expected to be in the single digits Thursday, with below-zero temps returning Thursday night.