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Devils Lake Basin may experience near-blizzard conditions Sunday

Though it would likely be brief, there is a 30% to 50% chance for near-blizzard conditions there, and a 10% to 20% chance in areas in the northern valley.

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Devils Lake Basin could experience possible near-blizzard conditions Sunday.
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DEVILS LAKE — The Grand Forks National Weather Service warned of possible near-blizzard conditions Sunday in the Devils Lake Basin.

Though it would likely be brief, there is a 30-50% chance for near-blizzard conditions there, and a 10-20% chance in areas in the northern valley. Any areas with high snowfall rates combined with strong winds could have visibility reduced to one-fourth of a mile.

Vince Godon, a lead forecaster at the weather service, said the forecast currently does not show winds being too strong on Sunday for driving conditions to be hazardous, but conditions might be stronger for those traveling toward the Minot or Bismarck areas.

“It looks like the timeframe that it’s going to fall is going to be mostly during the day tomorrow into tomorrow night,” Godon said. “So I would think in the Monday morning commute, there still might be some lingering issues with getting snow off the roads for that Monday morning commute time frame.”

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As for the Grand Forks region, Godon said it would be more on the fringe of the system, which will be weakening as it moves toward the valley.

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“At this point, it looks like Devils Lake will probably get the most snow,” Godon said. “I think right now we're looking at somewhere like four to seven inches, and then as you get toward Grand Forks, I think more like one to three (inches)."

Godon said those wanting to keep up to date with information as it changes should monitor their favorite source of weather information. The Grand Forks NWS office will continue to provide updates.

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