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Published December 04, 2013, 11:30 AM

Increasing winds will make travel difficult in region

Fargo-Moorhead - As flakes continue to fall in the Fargo-Moorhead region, forecasters are warning Wednesday that increasing wind speeds could make driving tricky starting this afternoon.

By: Archie Ingersoll, Forum News Service, INFORUM, Forum News Service

Fargo-Moorhead - As flakes continue to fall in the Fargo-Moorhead region, forecasters are warning Wednesday that increasing wind speeds could make driving tricky starting this afternoon.

“The big concern is going to be the blowing and drifting snow,” WDAY meteorologist Aaron White said. “It’s definitely going to create some drifts onto the roads.”

White predicts winds between 15 and 25 mph, accompanied by gusts up to 30 mph.

Already this morning, police are dealing with fender benders and cars in ditches. In Moorhead, Sgt. Clint Stephenson said his department has handled about six crashes between 7 and 10 a.m. No motorists were hurt, he said.

Because of the ice, snow, wind and reduced visibility, the North Dakota Department of Transportation has issued a travel alert, urging drivers to use caution in the central and eastern parts of the state.

Moderate snowfall is expected to last into the early afternoon, followed by light snow, White said. Total accumulation of 3 to 5 inches is possible for the day, according to the National Weather Service.

By early this evening, the temperature will drop to about 13. The high for Thursday is 4 degrees, with mostly cloudy skies and wind chill values as low as minus 22, the weather service says.

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