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Winter storm with freezing drizzle, thunder through Tuesday

RARGO — The Red River Valley is in for an unpredictable storm to start off the work week that will likely involve rain, snow, thunder, fog and strong wind speeds.

Winter storm watches have now been expanded into eastern North Dakota and Northwestern Minnesota starting Sunday night, March 4, lasting until early Tuesday morning, March 6.

Visibility under half a mile, icy roads, and blowing snow drifts may cause dangerous travel conditions.

The National Weather Service advises travellers to postpone or cancel unnecessary plans that require passing through the storm, which gets more severe in central and western North Dakota.

Temperature changes are making the precipitation type and amount uncertain, but there is potential to receive around six inches of snow.

Temperatures on Monday will begin to cool, turning rain on Sunday into snow midday Monday.

The greatest potential for six or more inches of snow reaches west of the Red River Valley and the Devils Lake basin.

Meteorologist technician Bill Barrett said that Fargo-Moorhead will not see the worst of the storm, but should still prepare for icy roads and might hear some thunder.

Winter storm watches and warnings are expected to last until early Tuesday.

Prepare for a winter storm by packing a winter survival kit in your vehicle and continuously watching the warnings issued by the National Weather Service.

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