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Forum staff reports, Published March 29 2014

Out like a lion: Spring blizzard forecast for valley

FARGO – March apparently has one last roar to unleash on the Red River Valley.

The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard watch for the Fargo-Moorhead area that will start late Sunday and last until Monday night.

The storm is predicted to bring 6 to 12 inches of snow along with north winds gusting up to 50 mph. The system will push across the Central Plains late Sunday and move northeast into Minnesota on Monday, according to the weather service.

Forecasters caution that the blizzard could create whiteout conditions and make travelling dangerous. What remained uncertain Saturday night was the storm’s path and which areas would see the heaviest snowfall.

The blizzard watch covers the Red River Valley from Grand Forks southward, including the cities of Crookston, East Grand Forks, Halstad, Breckenridge, Fergus Falls and Elbow Lake in Minnesota, as well as Cooperstown, Finley, Mayville, Valley City, Lisbon, Gwinner and Wahpeton in North Dakota.

Sunday’s temperatures are expected to reach the mid-40s, and Monday’s high could hit 28 degrees, according to the weather service.