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Snowstorm bears down on the area

If, a week or more ago, you were wishing for a winter with more snow and less cold, you're getting your wish. And then some. Next time, be careful what you wish for. The National Weather Service office in Grand Forks says another strong winter st...

If, a week or more ago, you were wishing for a winter with more snow and less cold, you're getting your wish. And then some.

Next time, be careful what you wish for.

The National Weather Service office in Grand Forks says another strong winter storm developed on the high Plains on Tuesday that threatens to bring more snow than the one that just passed through our area.

How does 8 to 18 inches of additional snow grab you? That is what's possible, the weather service says.

Rethink plans

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The weather service also says you should prepare to alter or cancel travel plans.

Tuesday night, the northern Red River region was under a winter storm watch that was projected to last through Friday afternoon.

Grand Forks and East Grand Forks were included in the watch area, as were Devils Lake, Langdon and Grafton, N.D., and Thief River Falls, Crookston, Bemidji and Roseau, Minn.

As much as 6 inches of snow are possible in the northern valley by Thursday morning, the weather service said.

A second round of heavy snow is expected to return to the region by Thursday night, possibly resulting in total snow amounts between 8 and 12 inches - with isolated areas up to 18 inches - by Friday night.

The Fargo-Moorhead area is under a winter storm warning, which was to start at 6 a.m. today. The warning area extends to the Twin Cities.

Snow is expected to spread from west to east this morning in the southern Red River Valley, and leave about 4 to 7 inches by midnight. Roads will become snow covered and icy in the warning areas.

According to the weather service, gusty north winds are expected to develop Friday - after much of the snow has fallen - which could produce significant blowing and drifting snow, making travel difficult if not impossible for extended periods of time.

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Entering Tuesday, Grand Forks had received slightly more than 22 inches of snow, which is about a foot less than usual for this time of year.

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