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WEATHER: Cold today, then warming, snow

After some recent cold, snowy, windy days, we'll get a break today: Just a plain old winter day with no warnings or advisories for our immediate area.

After some recent cold, snowy, windy days, we'll get a break today: Just a plain old winter day with no warnings or advisories for our immediate area.

After frigid lows this morning of 25 to 30 below, high temperatures in the Grand Forks area are expected to creep to zero to 5 above.

A warmer weekend is forecast, with highs in the mid-20s Saturday and 15 to 20 Sunday. With the warming comes a chance of light snow both days.

Highs of 5 to 10 above are forecast for Presidents Day, followed by highs of 15 to 20 Tuesday and highs in the low to mid-20s Wednesday and Thursday.

Lansford, N.D., recorded the highest area snow total from Wednesday's storm, with 6.1 inches, followed by Bottineau, N.D., and Minot Air Force Base, with 6 inches. Other totals were Minot North Hill with 5 inches; Lankin, N.D., and Long Lost Lake, Minn., with 4 inches; Red Lake Falls, Minn., with 3.5 inches; the Grand Forks office of the National Weather Service with 3.4 inches; Grand Forks International Airport with 3.1 inches; Fargo, Langdon, N.D., and Moorhead with 3 inches.

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Winnipeg and Regina, Sask., were the cold spots in the region Thursday morning, with 27 below and 24 below, respectively. Wilton, N.D., recorded 19 below, followed by Hampden, Garrison, Underwood and Watford City, N.D., and Hallock, Minn., all with 18 below. The Grand Forks National Weather Service, Flag Island and Warroad, Minn., all logged a low of 17 below, followed by Grand Forks International Airport with 16 below and Grand Fork Air Force Base, Bismarck, Flasher, Minot AFB and Williston, N.D., and Baudette and Roseau, Minn., all with 15 below.

Many other places in North Dakota were in the single digits or low teens below zero. In central and southern Minnesota, Thursday morning lows were mostly in the single digits or teens above zero.

Overnight and early today, wind chill advisories were posted for parts of northeastern and central Minnesota and western Wisconsin, where wind chills as low as 40 below were forecast.

Stensgaard, a copy editor, writes the Daily Dale and occasional weather stories. Reach him at (701) 780-1137, (800) 477-6572, ext. 137, or at dstensgaard@gfherald.com .

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