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Storm could drop 6 inches of snow on Grand Forks

(Jesse Trelstad/ Grand Forks Herald)

Grand Forks could get 6 inches of snow starting Monday as a winter storm meteorologists have been tracking for days hits the region.

The Grand Forks office of the National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for most of eastern North Dakota and northwest Minnesota starting 6 a.m. Monday and extending through 9 a.m. Tuesday.

The snow is expected to bring dangerous travel conditions starting Monday.

That is when mild temperatures and expected rain will be displaced by colder air and snow. Weekend highs near 40 degrees have made it difficult for forecasters to pinpoint when rain will turn to snow.

"Unfortunately ... there is still a lot of uncertainty in regard to this system," said Amanda Lee of the weather service in a Sunday morning update. "The initially warm temperatures continue to make this a challenging forecast."

Rain Sunday is expected to turn to snow early Monday afternoon. Grand Forks has a moderate risk of receiving 6 inches of snow, with a greater risk west of the Red River Valley, according to Lee.

The winter storm is expected to produce blowing snow, limited visibility and icy driving conditions. Snowfall is forecast to last into Monday night and Tuesday morning, and conditions are expected to clear Tuesday.

Highs are forecast to stay in the mid-to-high 20s through Friday, with lows reaching the single digits.

The weather service issued its initial warning about the storm Wednesday and has provided daily updates through the weekend.

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