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Published December 04, 2013, 02:24 PM

First winter storm brings six to seven inches, more snow to come overnight

We're in the middle of the first major snow storm of the season. Just Wednesday, many towns in the north and central portions of North Dakota received six to seven inches of snow on the ground, and more is coming Wednesday night.

By: Cynthia Johnson, WDAZ

We're in the middle of the first major snow storm of the season. Just Wednesday, many towns in the north and central portions of North Dakota received six to seven inches of snow on the ground, and more is coming Wednesday night.

The national weather service expects three to six more inches of snow overnight in Grand Forks. For some towns, this winter storm brought a total of eight to 12 inches.

The State Department of Transportation issued a Travel Alert at 9 AM for central and eastern North Dakota. The Alert means motorists can still use the roads, but are urged to use caution. Travelers braved icy roads and drifting snow - which reduced visibility in some areas.

Greg Gust of the National Weather Service said, "This system is slow moving, slow generating with the snow fall. The winds are there and we're getting plenty of the 15 to 20 even gusting into the 25 mile an hour range and with that there's just enough reduction in visibility, about a half mile visibility out there."

Update on Roads

- If you're traveling north on I 29 you'll see snow covered roads until Minto where there's scattered snow.

- If you're traveling south on I 29 you'll see snow covered roads until Buxton where there's Ice and Compacted snow.

- If you're going west on Highway 2 you'll see snow covered roads until the Grand Forks Air Force Base, where you'll see scattered snow.

Weather officials expect the storm to be done by Thursday morning, but then colder air is expected to filter in with highs in the single digits Thursday and below zero over the weekend.

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