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Grand Forks Public Schools to start late Friday as blizzard conditions expected overnight

The blizzard warning will be in effect from 9 p.m. Thursday to 9 a.m. Friday, according to the National Weather Service

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GRAND FORKS — The National Weather Service in Grand Forks has issued a blizzard warning for Thursday night into Friday morning as weather conditions are expected to deteriorate over the next several hours.

The blizzard warning will be in effect from 9 p.m. Thursday to 9 a.m. Friday, according to the National Weather Service, and includes much of the Red River Valley, including portions of northwest Minnesota and northeast and southeast North Dakota. The blizzard warning will start at midnight in the southern part of the Red River Valley.

Grand Forks Public Schools announced Thursday evening that classes will be starting two hours late on Friday, Feb. 11.

Blizzard conditions are expected with total snow accumulations of up to 1 inch. Wind gusts may be as high as 55 mph.

“This isn’t really a snow blizzard,” Jesse Ritka, WDAY meteorologist, said. “It’s more of a wind or ground blizzard.”

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Road conditions may become slippery as well due to temperatures falling rapidly. Widespread blowing snow will significantly reduce visibility, Ritka said. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning commute.

“So, not impressive with the snow totals, but it's going to be impressively blown around because it's going to get cold, dry snow that easily gets moved around,” she said.

Dangerously cold wind chills as low as 30-below zero could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 10 minutes, according to the weather service.

Additionally, strong north winds combined with falling snow may lead to whiteout conditions during the overnight period and into Friday morning. These conditions could last into early Friday afternoon if snow showers continue.

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