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Published December 23, 2013, 05:13 PM

UPDATED: Weather service issues winter advisory for Christmas Eve

Dangerous wind chills and low visibility are expected to greet holiday travelers this morning, prompting the National Weather Service to issue a winter weather advisory for Christmas Eve.

By: Herald Staff Reports, Grand Forks Herald

Bust of cold, snow

Travelers urged to use caution today

Dangerous wind chills and low visibility are expected to greet holiday travelers this morning, prompting the National Weather Service to issue a winter weather advisory for Christmas Eve.

The “very cold air and winds” mean those going outside should wear appropriate clothing, including a hat and gloves, the weather service said.

Those traveling are urged to use caution.

Forecasters expected winds to increase this morning, with southerly gusts up to 40 mph. The deteriorating weather conditions could limit visibility to a half mile or less throughout northeast North Dakota and northwest Minnesota.

In addition to blustery winds, the region is expected to receive snow. The weather service said Grand Forks could get between 2 to 4 inches of snow.

On Monday, the weather service issued a wind chill advisory and warned about the possibility of frost bite and hypothermia if the proper precautions aren’t taken.

Today’s high is expected to reach the 14, with wind chill values expected near 35 below zero. The expected low for tonight is 6.

While traveling could prove difficult, there’s a bit of hope after today. Here’s a look at the forecast through the weekend:

Christmas Day – A 30 percent chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 14. North northwest wind 7 to 11 mph. A low around 18 below.

Thursday – Partly sunny, with a high near 8. A low of minus 2.

Friday – Mostly cloudy, with a high near 25. A low near 14.

Saturday – A chance of snow. Cloudy, with a high near 18. A low near 9 below.

Sunday – Mostly sunny, with a high near minus 3 and a low around 20 below.

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