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“Ground blizzard” possible for ND/MN tomorrow

A winter storm watch for ground blizzard conditions has been issued for much of central and eastern ND, the Red River Valley in northwest MN, and parts of northeast SD. An arctic cold front pushing in Wednesday afternoon and evening will bring strong winds with wind gusts up to 45 mph. These winds will likely cause reductions in visibility due to blowing snow in open country. Travel may be difficult Wednesday evening and into Thursday morning, so plan to take additional time for your commutes.

WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH THURSDAY MORNING... * WHAT...Blizzard conditions possible. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph. Dangerously cold wind chills also move in. * WHERE...In Minnesota, Kittson and Grant Counties. In North Dakota, Towner, Cavalier and Pembina Counties. * WHEN...From Wednesday afternoon through Thursday morning. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Areas of blowing snow could significantly reduce the visibility. The hazardous conditions could impact the Wednesday evening or Thursday morning commute. The dangerously cold wind chills as low as 35 below zero could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 10 minutes. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A Winter Storm Watch for blizzard conditions means there is a potential for falling and/or blowing snow with strong winds and extremely poor visibilities. This can lead to whiteout conditions and make travel very dangerous.

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