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Winter storm watch starting Sunday afternoon

Meteorologists say it's not always easy to predict an entire season's weather far in advance, including winter. Getty Images / Special to The Forum

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for this area beginning Sunday afternoon and continuing through Monday morning.

Heavy snow, with accumulations of four to nine inches, is possible throughout eastern North Dakota, the Red River Valley and portions of northwest Minnesota.

With wind gusts as high as 35 mph, blowing and drifting snow could significantly reduce visibility and impact the Monday morning commute to work.

Wind chills could dip to 40 below in some places. At that temperature, wind chills could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 10 minutes.

Counties that are expected to be affected include west Polk, Norman, Clay, Kittson, Lake of the Woods, Marshall, Roseau, Beltrami, Otter Tail, Becker, Pennington, Red Lake, Wadena, Grant, Hubbard, Clearwater, Mahnomen, Hubbard and Wilkin in Minnesota.

North Dakota counties where storms conditions could hit include Towner, Cavalier, Pembina, Benson, Ramsey, Walsh, Eddy, Nelson, Grand Forks, Griggs, Steele, Traill, Barnes, Cass, Ransom, Sargent and Richland.

Travelers can expect to encounter slippery road conditions and reduced visibility caused by blowing snow.

A “winter storm watch” means there is potential for significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations that may impact travel.

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