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WEATHER: Another frigid day

The snow that blanketed the region Wednesday is expected to subside, but winter weather advisories still are in effect, and wind chills of as cold as 40 below are expected today.

The snow that blanketed the region Wednesday is expected to subside, but winter weather advisories still are in effect, and wind chills of as cold as 40 below are expected today.

More than 2 inches of snow fell Wednesday in Grand Forks, with as much as an inch more expected before midnight.

The high for Grand Forks today is forecasted to be 8 below zero with an early-morning low of 17 below, according to the National Weather Service. Wind chills of 35 to 40 below could be seen in the Grand Forks area this afternoon, accompanied by wind gusts of 20 to 25 mph.

Wind chills of 40 below or worse are expected today in areas such as Langdon, N.D., Cavalier, N.D., and Hallock, Minn.

Grand Forks is part of a band from Langdon to Bemidji that is included in a winter weather advisory until 6 a.m. today, according to the National Weather Service. A winter storm advisory covering a swath west of Grand Forks from Devils Lake down past Fargo is in effect until 6 a.m. today. A wind chill advisory, which would bring wind chills of 30 below, also is in effect for extreme northwestern Minnesota until noon today.

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North Dakotans could take their pick of weather Wednesday they could bask in 40-degree weather in the southwest, or shiver in 2-below temperatures in the northeast. In the middle, there was a lot of snow.

"If you take that line from about Minot to Jamestown, they'll probably be seeing somewhere close to 8 inches of snow," said meteorologist Sam Walker, at the National Weather Service in Bismarck. The central part of the state had about 4 inches at mid-afternoon, he said.

"The low is running right down that boundary between the cold air and the warm air, so you see 40 degrees in Dickinson and 2 below in the Pembina area," Walker said.

Bismarck reported about 2 inches of snow at mid-afternoon, but was expecting at least 4 inches, Walker said.

The state Transportation Department issued a travel alert for all state highways in North Dakota late Wednesday morning because of blowing and drifting snow, and poor visibility. There were icy conditions in the southwest caused by freezing rain, officials said.

The culprit is an Alberta clipper, forecasters said. Len Peterson, a weather service meteorologist in Bismarck, said Alberta clippers don't often carry a lot of snow, but the one bringing Wednesday's weather conditions did.

Snowmobilers were hoping for more to work with.

"For our business, December was really good, but it's just kind of dried up since then," said Wayne Hartmann, who owns a snowmobile parts and services company and also is a member of a snowmobiling club.

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"If we could get 6 inches of snow, it would make the riding excellent," Hartmann said.

Herald staff writer Ryan Schuster and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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