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Hold the applause: Winter weather to make showy entrance
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FARGO – The curtain is rising on winter in the Red River Valley, with Act 1 promising as much as a foot of snow over the next two days.

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And Act 2?

The National Weather Service said the program hints at the potential for blizzard conditions by Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, with bitter temperatures creeping onto the stage Wednesday and sticking around for the foreseeable future.

And by cold they’re talking low temperatures Friday morning and Saturday morning between minus 13 and minus 16.

“We are for sure going into the heart of winter perhaps a bit earlier than we’d all like to see,” said Peter Rogers, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Grand Fork.

Rogers said there is the potential for 2 to 6 inches in parts of the region between now and 6 a.m. Tuesday, with the Fargo-Moorhead area situated in the middle of the expected swath of snow.

Due to the anticipated snow, the area is under a winter weather advisory until Tuesday morning, when Rogers said another round of snow will start falling that could result in additional accumulations of more than 6 inches.

And although winds will be calm today and part of Tuesday, they are expected to shift from the east to the north on Tuesday afternoon and ultimately reach speeds of 20-30 mph with higher gusts.

Rogers said there is the potential for blizzard conditions Tuesday night into early Wednesday, with the entire region expected to be under a winter storm watch from 6 a.m. Tuesday until 6 p.m. Wednesday.

“This is a significant system,” Rogers said, referring to the snow and wind heading for the area.

“We have today’s snow, we have tomorrow’s snow and potentially the wind issue. And then comes the cold,” Rogers said, adding that daily low temperatures well below zero are expected to linger into next week.

Dave Olson, INFORUM

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