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Blizzard winds up to 60 mph may make travel 'impossible' across region Sunday

A snow plow is obscured by snow in the Forum News Service file photo.

FARGO – Some super blowing on Super Bowl Sunday will likely make out-of-town travel difficult.

A winter storm expected to sweep into the Red River Valley on Sunday could bring winds gusting as high as 60 mph, prompting the National Weather Service to issue a blizzard warning starting at 9 a.m. Sunday.

The warning covers the Red River Valley from South Dakota to Canada and much of north-central North Dakota. A high wind warning covers central and south-central North Dakota starting early Sunday.

While not much snow is expected to accumulate, sustained winds of around 30 mph, with gusts to 60 mph, will make travel extremely dangerous, especially in open country, the weather service said.

"When you have winds of 30, gusts to 60 mph, it doesn't take a lot to make whiteout conditions," National Weather Service meteorologist Al Voelker said.

Voelker said the conditions will affect driving conditions "big time," and travel is not advised. The weather service's blizzard warning predicted travel might be "impossible" in some areas.

Total snow accumulations in the system are expected to be 2 to 3 inches.

The peak of the most dangerous conditions will be between 9 a.m. and noon in the Red River Valley, Voelker said. Winds should slowly diminish throughout the day, though the blizzard warning is not set to expire until 6 a.m. Monday.

Monday morning is also expected to be blustery, with wind gusts topping out around 35 mph and a high near 19.

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