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WEATHER: Freezing rain, snow cover much of Upper Midwest

Freezing drizzle and rain is making roads slick across the Upper Midwest. The precipitation is expected to change over into snow that could continue today.

Freezing drizzle and rain is making roads slick across the Upper Midwest. The precipitation is expected to change over into snow that could continue today.

The National Weather Service updated its winter weather advisories to cover most of Minnesota and South Dakota, nearly all of Wisconsin and large parts of North Dakota and Iowa.

North Dakota got freezing rain and snow Saturday into Sunday that left roads in the southern half of the state coated with ice. The National Weather Service said 2 to 5 inches of snow could fall in the southern Red River Valley and parts of northwest Minnesota by this morning, while Grand Forks was expected to get less than an inch of new accumulation.

The precipitation was coming from a low-pressure system expected to track east across Nebraska and Iowa and deepen as it moved northeast across Wisconsin, the weather service said.

Snow was expected Sunday in Nebraska and the Dakotas, with a few inches falling in parts before midnight, the weather service said.

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Freezing rain and snow fell Saturday night and Sunday in much of the southern half of North Dakota, prompting the Transportation Department to urge drivers to be careful when traveling. Affected areas included Bismarck, Dickinson, Jamestown, Valley City, Bowman, Hettinger, Kenmare and Beulah, N.D.

Parts of northwest Minnesota were icy from Sunday's freezing rain and snow.

A Lengby, Minn., teen escaped injury when his SUV slid on an icy road and hit a snowplow Sunday morning in Beltrami County, the State Patrol reported.

About 11:30 a.m., a Minnesota Department of Transportation snowplow had its blades down and emergency lights on as it cleared snow from the eastbound lane of U.S. Highway 2 east of Wilton, Minn.

The State Patrol said Jordan D. Murphy, 17, saw the plow, but his 1996 GMC Jimmy slid and struck the left rear of the vehicle.

Murphy and the driver of the snowplow, Michael D. Bowe, 59, of Kelliher, Minn., were uninjured in the crash. Both were wearing seat belts.

In northwest Minnesota, four people were injured in a crash on Interstate 94, while a woman was injured when a car slid into a parked fire truck.

Authorities closed Interstate 43 in both directions near Green Bay, Wis. for more than two hours due to multiple crashes.In southeast Minnesota,

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Rochester, Minn., police responded to more than 70 crashes on slick roadways Sunday morning, Lt. Mike Sadauskis said.

Here is the weather service's Grand Forks forecast:

- Today: Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 13. Blustery, with a north northwest wind 14 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph.

- Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 4 degrees below zero. North northwest wind at 11 mph becoming west southwest.

- Tuesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 24. South southwest wind 3 to 8 mph.

- Tuesday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 8.

- Wednesday: A 20 percent chance of snow after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 32.

- Wednesday night: A slight chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 19.

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- Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 30.

- Thursday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 16.

- Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 27.

- Friday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 11.

- Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 19.

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