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Published March 11, 2011, 04:37 PM

Region Under Blizzard Warning Until Saturday Morning

...WINTER STORM TO IMPACT THE AREA LATE THIS AFTERNOON INTO

TONIGHT...

.A LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM OVER EAST CENTRAL NORTH DAKOTA WILL MOVE

TOWARD THE GREAT LAKES TONIGHT. A PERIOD OF SNOW ALONG WITH

STRONG NORTHWEST WINDS WILL OCCUR JUST BEHIND THE CENTER OF THE

LOW IN THE COLDER AIR. THERE MAY EVEN BE SOME BRIEF RAIN OR

FREEZING RAIN PRIOR TO THE ONSET OF THE SNOW. STRONG NORTH TO

NORTHWEST WINDS OF 25 TO 40 MPH COMBINED WITH FALLING SNOW WILL

SHARPLY REDUCE VISIBILITIES ESPECIALLY OVER EASTERN NORTH DAKOTA

AND THE RED RIVER VALLEY OF NORTHWESTERN MINNESOTA. SNOW AMOUNTS

WILL BE IN THE 2 TO 4 INCH RANGE ALONG AND NORTH OF HIGHWAY TWO

TAPERING TO AN INCH OR LESS SOUTH OF INTERSTATE 94.

TOWNER-CAVALIER-BENSON-RAMSEY-EDDY-NELSON-GRIGGS-BARNES-WESTERN WALSH COUNTY

INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...CANDO...LANGDON...MADDOCK...LEEDS...

DEVILS LAKE...NEW ROCKFORD...LAKOTA...COOPERSTOWN...VALLEY CITY...

ADAMS

A BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM CST SATURDAY.

* SNOW WILL SPREAD INTO THE DEVILS LAKE AREA LATE THIS AFTERNOON

AND CONTINUE THROUGH MIDNIGHT. TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 2 TO

5 INCHES CAN BE EXPECTED.

* THE BIG STORY WILL BE STRONG NORTH TO NORTHWEST WINDS OF 25 TO

40 MPH WHICH WILL CAUSE BLIZZARD CONDITIONS AND NEAR ZERO

VISIBILITIES...ESPECIALLY IN OPEN COUNTRY.

* PRIOR TO THE SNOWFALL...THERE MAY BE A PERIOD OF LIGHT

FREEZING DRIZZLE THROUGH NOON.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A BLIZZARD WARNING MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE

EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. FALLING AND BLOWING SNOW WITH STRONG WINDS

AND POOR VISIBILITIES ARE LIKELY. THIS WILL LEAD TO WHITEOUT

CONDITIONS...MAKING TRAVEL EXTREMELY DANGEROUS. DO NOT TRAVEL. IF

YOU MUST TRAVEL...HAVE A WINTER SURVIVAL KIT WITH YOU. IF YOU GET

STRANDED...STAY WITH YOUR VEHICLE.

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