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Published February 13, 2013, 09:25 AM

Winter Weather Advisory Issued

The Red River Valley could get 2 to 4 inches of snow in the next 24 hours as a cold front moves into the region.

By: Herald Staff Report, Grand Forks Herald

A winter weather advisory will be in effect from 9 a.m. today until 9 a.m. Thursday for the Red River Valley and areas of east-central North Dakota, according to the National Weather Service in Grand Forks.

Snow is expected today into early Thursday, with the potential for 2 to 4 inches of new snow, with localized amounts of around 5 inches near heavier snow bands.

The National Weather Service said this morning a cold front will drop through the region this evening. Increasing northerly winds, from 15 to 30 mph, could cause areas of blowing and drifting snow in open areas this evening.

The snow will begin to develop this morning in the Devils Lake Basin, spreading eastward during the day, according to the latest forecast.

Visibility may be reduced to one-half mile in open country and travel may become difficult from late morning through tonight, the weather service said.