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Blizzard rolling into Red River Valley

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Greg Gust
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National Weather Service, Grand Forks

All of North Dakota is under winter weather warnings and advisories.

The Devils Lake Basin and the entire Red River Valley is under a blizzard warning from tonight through tomorrow.

Bill Barrett is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Grand Forks. He says snow is expected to begin in Devils Lake at around 6pm, and move into the valley by 9pm. Snow totals vary from two to four inches throughout the area, but Barrett says 30 mph winds, with gusts of 45 to 50 mph, will make travel difficult to impossible in some areas. And he says temperatures will be harsh.

"We may not get as far down into the wind chill warning criteria that we had over the New Year's period, but we are going to have a couple of days of below zero temperatures. We're looking at Wednesday and Thursday for that, for sure. And then double numbers below zero for the morning hours of Thursday and Friday.."

Much of central North Dakota is under a winter weather advisory, while far western North Dakota is under a wind chill advisory.

Barrett says conditions should improve by mid-morning and early afternoon tomorrow. He says temperatures will continue to “rollercoaster” for several more days into next week.