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Winter Weather Warning: Snow Moves In

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UPDATE: 11:15 A.M.

(AP) - An early fall snowstorm plunged residents of northern Minnesota back into winter-like conditions, slowed travel and caused power outages. 

Wet, heavy snow pulled down power lines and temporarily cut service to 6,500 Xcel Energy customers in the Moorhead area early Thursday. The utility says service was restored by mid-morning. 

After summerlike temperatures in the 70s Wednesday, some northern residents scrambled to find heavy coats and boots and dug and looked for their snow shovels and snow blowers. 

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for northwestern Minnesota, where as much as 14 inches of snow was expected to fall through Friday. Rain mixed with heavy snow and blustery winds reduced visibility to near white-out conditions at East Grand Forks. Thief River Falls and Stephen-Argyle were among schools that canceled classes.

UPDATE:  10:45 A.M.

(AP) - The first snowstorm of the season has hit eastern North Dakota's Red River Valley, causing travel problems and power outages. 

The National Weather Service has posted a winter storm warning for northeastern North Dakota, with 6-12 inches of snow expected. Forecasters say wind gusting up to 45 mph will blow the snow around, producing near-blizzard conditions. The state Transportation Department has issued a travel alert for the region. 

Xcel Energy said the weather contributed to a power outage affecting about 6,500 people in the Fargo region for a couple of hours.

The National Weather Service reported that 3 ½ inches of snow had already fallen in Grand Forks by about 8:30 a.m.

On Wednesday, as much as 3 ½ inches of snow fell in western North Dakota.

ORIGINAL STORY:

The first winter storm of the season has moved into the Valley, bringing heavy snow and dangerous road conditions in some spots.

The worst of the storm is in the northern part of the area.  Valley News Live's John Trierweiler says I-29 is covered in snow and drivers are going down the middle of the road with hazard lights flashing.

Snow and high winds have combined to create blizzard like conditions and very low visibility in some spots.

Travel Alert issued for northeast portion of the North Dakota

The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) has issued a Travel Alert for the north east portion of the state due to snow and windy conditions creating slush and ice on roadways.

This includes the areas surrounding:

  • Grand Forks
  • Drayton
  • Cavalier
  • Michigan

NDDOT says travel alerts are issued when conditions are such that motorists can still travel; however, they should be aware that rapidly changing conditions may result in travel delays due to reduced speeds and visibility. Travel Alerts have the potential to change into a No Travel Advisory if conditions deteriorate

You can check the latest road conditions with the North Dakota DOT and Minnesota DOT.

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