UPDATED: Winter storm dumping snow in the area
Winter weather has come to stay for the season.
While the first snowfall in the area came in mid-October, this will likely be the first measureable amount of snow to stick around until spring.
The National Weather Service in Grand Forks, N.D. expects a break in the snow system to last through the daytime hours of Tuesday.
Late Tuesday afternoon, an additional 3 to 5 inches of snow can be expected, along with gusts of wind up to 18 miles per hour.
Most of northern Minnesota, including Otter Tail and Becker Counties, are included under a winter storm warning which is scheduled to last until 6 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 5. The earlier winter storm watch is no longer in effect.
According to the National Weather Service’s forecast for Perham, up to five inches of snow were expected to fall on Monday, Dec. 2. An additional six to nine inches of snow may blanket the region through Wednesday, Dec. 4.
Strong winds may cause near blizzard conditions in some areas Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday, the advisory said.
By Wedndesday night, dangerous wind chill temperatures of 20 to 35 degrees below zero will also develop.
"The bitterly cold air will remain in place once the snow ends ... with temperatures potentially near record low values this weekend," said an additional hazardous weather outlook from the service.
Check www.weather.gov for up-to-date weather forecast information.