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Published March 22, 2011, 04:00 PM

Winter Storm Warning Now in Effect Until 1 p.m. Wednesday

The National Weather Service says a strong snow storm could bring accumulation up around a foot to some parts of the region. A winter storm warning is in effect until 1 p.m. Wednesday.

By: WDAZ Staff Reports,

The National Weather Service says a winter storm warning is in effect for the region until 1 p.m. Wednesday.

* THE PRECIPITATION MAY START OUT AS RAIN OR FREEZING RAIN WITH A BRIEF PERIOD OF SLEET POSSIBLE BEFORE QUICKLY TRANSITIONING TO SNOW BY LATER AFTERNOON OR EARLY EVENING.

* SNOWFALL AMOUNTS AROUND ONE FOOT ARE EXPECTED AROUND DEVILS LAKE WITH SIX TO TWELVE INCHES ALONG THE HIGHWAY 2 CORRIDOR FROM LAKOTA TO GRAND FORKS TO BEMIDJI.

* EAST WINDS AT 15 TO 30 MPH MAY RESULT IN SOME BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW IN OPEN AREAS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS:

* A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW ARE FORECAST THAT WILL MAKE TRAVEL DANGEROUS. ONLY TRAVEL IN AN EMERGENCY. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL... KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT... FOOD... AND WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.

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... WINTER STORM CONDITIONS WILL CONTINUE INTO WEDNESDAY...

.AN AREA OF LOW PRESSURE WILL MOVE FROM EASTERN NEBRASKA INTO NORTHERN ILLINOIS BY WEDNESDAY MORNING. SO FAR A VARIETY OF WEATHER CONDITIONS HAVE OCCURRED TO THE NORTH OF THIS LOW... WITH SHOWERS AND EMBEDDED THUNDER ACROSS FAR SOUTHEAST NORTH DAKOTA TO SNOW OVER THE DEVILS LAKE REGION. FOR THE REST OF THE AFTERNOON INTO THE EARLY EVENING SOME SHOWERS WITH EMBEDDED THUNDER OR EVEN FREEZING RAIN WILL BE POSSIBLE OVER FAR SOUTHEAST NORTH DAKOTA BEFORE IT SWITCHES OVER TO SLEET OR SNOW. AS TEMPERATURES FALL TONIGHT ALL AREAS SHOULD SWITCH OVER TO SNOW. EAST WINDS WILL REMAIN GUSTY AND MAY RESULT IN SOME BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW IN OPEN AREAS. SNOWFALL TOTALS COULD VARY SHARPLY OVER SHORT DISTANCES. IT APPEARS THE DEVILS LAKE REGION WILL GET THE MOST SNOW WITH AMOUNTS RANGING AROUND A FOOT. SIX TO TWELVE INCHES OF SNOW ARE STILL EXPECTED OVER THE REST OF EASTERN NORTH DAKOTA INTO WEST CENTRAL MINNESOTA. SNOWFALL AMOUNTS SHOULD BE QUITE A BIT LESS AROUND THE LAKE OF THE WOODS REGION... WHERE ABOUT ONE TO THREE INCHES ARE EXPECTED.

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