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Huge storm on track to hit state

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FARGO -- A huge snowstorm brewing in the West may or may not take a whack at the southern Red River Valley later this week.

It's too early to say how much snow and wind the valley might receive, but it's possible Fargo and parts of west-central Minnesota could be hit with something, said Vince Godon, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Grand Forks, N.D.

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Between Wednesday night and Saturday morning, heavy snowfall of 8 to 12 inches is possible in parts of the Upper Midwest, with most of the snow expected in places like Omaha, Neb., Sioux Falls, S.D., and possibly the Twin Cities, Godon said.

He said it is almost certain that air traffic in the Twin Cities will be affected. What isn't so clear is how the weather will affect flights in and out of Fargo.

If Fargo's "hub" cities are affected, local flights could also face delays and cancellations, said Shawn Dobberstein, executive director of Fargo's Hector International Airport.

Airlines will try to keep fliers informed of delays or cancellations, and the Fargo airport's Web site - www.fargoairport.com - will try to do the same, Dobberstein said.

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