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Published January 22, 2014, 08:42 AM

UPDATE: Weather service warns of ground blizzard in F-M area (w/ audio)

Grand Forks, ND - The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning for the Fargo-Moorhead region lasting from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday.

By: Forum News Service, INFORUM, Forum News Service

Grand Forks, ND - The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning for the Fargo-Moorhead region lasting from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday.

Winds of 40 mph are expected to stir up a ground blizzard, with conditions varying widely between open country and sheltered areas such as towns and cities.

The warning covers the counties of Norman, Clay, Mahnomen, west Becker, Wilkin, west Otter Tail, Grant, Griggs, Steele, Traill, Barnes, Cass, Ransom, Sargent and Richland.

For the same area, a wind chill advisory will be in effect from 3 p.m. Wednesday to noon Thursday. In Fargo, wind chill values as low as minus 42 are predicted, and the temperature is forecast to dip to minus 12 by 5 p.m.

Transportation officials have issued a travel alert for eastern North Dakota because of blowing snow that's causing reduced visibility. Cities included in the alert are Devils Lake, Jamestown, Valley City, Grand Forks, Fargo and Wahpeton. A travel alert means that motorists can still travel, but should be aware of quickly changing conditions.

Via Twitter, Sgt. Jesse Grabow of the Minnesota State Patrol said a number of vehicles in ditches have been reported on the highways of west central and northwest Minnesota. "Reduced visibility is an understatement in the open country," he tweeted along with a photo of exit 6 on Interstate 94, east of Moorhead.

Grabow said U.S. Highway 2 is closed from East Grand Forks to Crookston.

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