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Snow, and then cold, expected to grip region this week

A few rounds of snow, followed by bitterly cold temperatures, are expected to be a mainstay in the Greater Grand Forks area for the foreseeable future.

A few rounds of snow, followed by bitterly cold temperatures, are expected to be a mainstay in the Greater Grand Forks area for the foreseeable future.

The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory starting at 6 this morning. It is expected to give way Tuesday morning for a winter storm watch, expected for the region through Wednesday afternoon.

Grand Forks can expect 2 to 5 inches of snow today, and possibly another 6 to 9 inches Tuesday through Wednesday, the weather service said in its latest statement.

Along with snow, "strong northerly winds may lead to near blizzard conditions in some areas" starting Tuesday afternoon as wind chill values fall to minus 25 or lower.

The weather service said periods of snow will cause problems for motorists, who can anticipate snow-covered roads and limited visibility. Drivers are urged to use caution.

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"A complex winter weather event is expected to unfold through the middle of this week with a few rounds of wintry precipitation," the weather service said on its website.

Light snow is expected to develop across eastern North Dakota today and spread across northwest Minnesota.

Here's a look at the extended forecast:

Today: Snow. The snow could be heavy at times. High near 28. East wind around 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90 percent. Total daytime snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches possible.

Tonight: Snow likely, mainly before midnight. Cloudy, with a low around 24. Northeast wind 10 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.

Tuesday: Snow. Temperature falling to around 21 by 5 p.m. Blustery, with a north northeast wind 13 to 22 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90 percent. New snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches possible.

Tuesday Night: Snow with patchy blowing snow. Low around 8. Blustery, with a northwest wind 21 to 23 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent.

Wednesday: Patchy blowing snow and a chance of snow. Cloudy, with a high near 10. Blustery, with a northwest wind 18 to 23 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent. A 20 percent chance of snow in the evening and a low around 10 below zero.

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Thursday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near minus 1. A low around minus 13.

Friday: Mostly cloudy and cold, with a high near minus 5 and low around minus 17.

Saturday: Partly sunny and cold, with a high near minus 6 and low around minus 21.

Sunday Partly sunny, with a high near minus 3.

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