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Area schools close as Winter Storm Grayson drops up to 10 inches of snow across region

Many schools in the northern Red River Valley have classes today and some government offices delayed opening until 10 a.m. in the wake of a late winter storm that dropped as much as 10 inches of snow in the region.

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Many schools in the northern Red River Valley have classes today and some government offices delayed opening until 10 a.m. in the wake of a late winter storm that dropped as much as 10 inches of snow in the region.

The Herald is naming the storm Grayson, one of departing editor Mary Jo Hotzler's twin boys. Grayson is technically older than his brother Graham, who will have to wait until 2015 to have a storm named in his honor, providing there are seven storm events that season.

While I-29 reopened at about 10 p.m. Sunday and I-94 was reopened statewide shortly before noon today. However, officials are urging caution on the roads because of snow- and slush-covered conditions.

Roads are open throughout northwestern Minnesota. However, driving conditions are difficult, according to Minnesota State Patrol and Minnesota Department of Transportation.

While the snow was expected to end by midday, another weather system is developing and could bring more snow Wednesday or Thursday, according to the National Weather Service in Grand Forks. However, specifics of the storm and its track are still up in the air as of this morning.

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Grand Forks received about 4 inches of heavy, wet snow overnight, with heavier snowfall reported not too far away. Larimore, N.D., reported 9 inches, while Park River, N.D., had reports of 10 inches, according to the weather service. The heavy snow was causing messy conditions in town and out in the area. Branches were heavy with snow throughout Grand Forks, with large clumps falling and smacking cars and buildings alike.

The snow storm hit central and southcentral North Dakota hard, dropping as much as 19.4 inches in southeast Burleigh County and 15.8 inches in Bismarck.

Fargo reported officially recorded a record 6.3 inches of snow Sunday, topping a mark of 3.7 inches set in 1986. However, some unofficial reports have indicated close to 10 inches by this morning in some areas around Fargo.

Elsewhere, snowfall ranged from 2.5 to 12 inches, according to the weather service.

Another inch or two of snow is possible today, on top of unofficial reports of 3 to 4 inches overnight.

The weather service forecasts a high temperature of about 34 today, with north-northwest winds from 16 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Snowfall probability will fall to about 30 percent overnight, with up to another half inch possible before the system moves out of the region by midday Tuesday.

Several schools in the region initially pushed back their starting times until 10 a.m. today decided later this morning to cancel classes. As of 7:45 a.m., those school closings included: Adams-Edmore; Central Valley; Dakota Prairie; Emerado; Finley-Sharon; Fordville-Lankin; Hatton; Hillsboro; Hope-Page; Lakota; Langdon; Manvel; May-Port; Minnewaukan; Midkota; Midway; Munich; North Star; Northwood; Starkweather; Thompson; and Valley-Edinburg, all in North Dakota.

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Here are unofficial snowfall totals, as reported by weather service observers around the region:

• Park River, N.D: 10 inches.

• Larimore, N.D: 9.0 inches.

• Wahpeton, N.D: 7.0 inches.

• Lankin, N.D: 6.5 inches.

• Fertile, Minn: 5.5 inches.

• Fergus Falls, Minn: 4.5 inches.

• Penn, N.D: 4.5 inches.

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• Michigan, N.D: 4.5 inches.

• Greenbush, Minn: 3.2 inches.

• Starkweather, N.D: 3.0 inches.

• Pembina, N.D: 2.5 inches.

• Warroad, Minn: 2.5 inches.

• Bemidji: 2.5 inches

Forecast

Here is the latest National Weather Forecast through the week:

• Tonight: A chance of snow before midnight, then a slight chance of snow after midnight; cloudy, with a low around 26. Northwest wind 9 to 14 mph; chance of precipitation, 40 percent; new snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

• Tuesday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 32. North wind around 8-10 mph.

• Tuesday night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 24; north wind 6 to 8 mph.

• Wednesday: Snow likely; cloudy, with a high near 34; north wind 6 to 10 mph.

• Wednesday night: A 60 percent chance of snow; cloudy, with a low around 26.

• Thursday: A 30 percent chance of snow; cloudy, with a high near 35.

• Thursday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 20.

• Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 36.

• Friday night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 21.

• Saturday: Partly sunny, with a high near 40.

• Saturday night: A slight chance of rain and snow; mostly cloudy, with a low around 28.

• Sunday: A slight chance of rain; mostly cloudy, with a high near 41.

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