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WEATHER: Cold comes in

The Grand Forks area is in store for a cold, blustery weekend, but a storm system with potentially heavy snowfall will likely miss the northern Red River Valley.

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Grand Forks letter carrier Mike Quinn shows some holiday spirit as he delivers mail along University Ave. on Friday. Herald photo by Eric Hylden

The Grand Forks area is in store for a cold, blustery weekend, but a storm system with potentially heavy snowfall will likely miss the northern Red River Valley.

The National Weather Service on Friday issued a wind chill advisory for much of northeastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota, warning of strong winds that could bring wind chills down to as low as 30 degrees below zero early today.

In fact, nearly all of North Dakota is under a wind chill advisory this morning.

Meteorologist Jennifer Ritterling said the advisory is set to expire at noon today for Grand Forks, northeastern North Dakota and some areas in northwestern Minnesota. But it could be extended if temperatures don't warm up enough later today.

"It's going to be cold," she said.

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Wind speeds of around 20 mph will be the norm for the region earlier today, and some higher gusts are possible before winds diminish to 5 to 15 mph by this afternoon.

Ritterling said Grand Forks could end up with 1 to 2 inches of new snow by noon today, but it "could be worse" -- heavier bands of snow will likely move south.

Fargo is expected to get a total accumulation of 3 to 5 inches, and a band of heavy snow was already moving into the Valley City, N.D., area by Friday evening. Areas further south of Fargo, including parts of South Dakota, were under a winter storm warning as heavy snowfall and strong winds could make for hazardous traveling conditions this weekend.

Ritterling said there's a slight chance the Grand Forks area could see more snow on Monday, but that system appears to be more on track to hit areas west of the Red River Valley.

The forecast for the rest of the week doesn't call for any new snowfall, and temperatures on Monday are expected to crack the 0 degree mark -- but just barely.

Forecast

Here's the National Weather Service's forecast for Grand Forks as of 1 p.m.:

This Afternoon: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 0. Wind chill values as low as -25. North wind between 13 and 16 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

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Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a low around -18. Wind chill values as low as -34. North northwest wind between 8 and 13 mph.

Sunday: Sunny and cold, with a high near -5. Wind chill values as low as -35. North northwest wind around 8 mph.

Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around -19. Wind chill values as low as -27. North northwest wind between 4 and 7 mph becoming calm.

Monday: Partly sunny, with a high near 4. Southeast wind between 3 and 7 mph.

Monday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around -6.

Tuesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 12.

Tuesday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 2.

Wednesday: A slight chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 19.

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Wednesday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 8.

Thursday: Cloudy, with a high near 17.

Thursday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 1.

Friday: Cloudy, with a high near 12.

Reach Johnson at (701) 780-1105; (800) 477-6572, ext. 105; or send e-mail to rjohnson@gfherald.com .

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