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Published April 01, 2011, 06:52 PM

Northeastern ND Included in Winter Storm Watch Effective Saturday Night Through Monday Morning

NWS says a storm system will organize over eastern Montana and western North Dakota late Friday into Saturday. Current predictions show the main band of precipitation will be north of Highway 2, with mostly snow.

By: WDAZ Staff Report, WDAZ

The National Weather Service now includes the northeastern parts of North Dakota in its winter storm watch effective Saturday night through Monday morning. Western and central ND were first part of that watch issued Thursday.

NWS says a storm system will organize over eastern Montana and western North Dakota late Friday into Saturday. Current predictions show the main band of precipitation will be north of Highway 2, with mostly snow.

Warmer temperatures are forecast for the southern valley.

NWS says a rain and snow mix will be affecting the area into Sunday morning before changing to all snow by Sunday afternoon. Significant snowfall of 6 inches or more is possible in some areas by Monday morning.

Winds will be from 20 to 30 mph, causing reduced visibility in open areas.

Counties in the winter storm watch: West Polk, Kittson, Roseau, Lake of the Woods, West Marshall, East Marshall, North Beltrami, Pennington, Red Lake, East Polk, North Clearwater, South Beltrami, Towner, Cavalier, Pembina, Benson, Ramsey, Eastern Walsh County, Eddy, Nelson, Grand Forks, Western Walsh County.

A winter storm watch means there is a potential for significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations that might impact travel.

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