Hazardous Travel Late This Afternoon and Tonight

Snow and blowing snow will develop by late this afternoon in the Devils Lake Basin, then quickly spread east into the Red River Valley by this evening. Expect reduced visibilities in blowing and falling snow in the Red River Valley late this afternoon into the overnight, with near blizzard conditions possible in open country. Snow will also move into northwest and west central Minnesota overnight, and could become heavy at times. Storm total accumulations will be heaviest in Minnesota, where 4 to 6 inches are expected. Areas along and west of the Red River Valley will receive lighter snow amounts, from 2 to 4 inches in the northern Red River Valley to 1 to 3 inches in the Devils Lake Basin. Travel will become hazardous by late this afternoon and overnight from west to east, with open country travel very difficult this evening when strong southerly winds gusting to 40 mph combine with falling snow. If the strongest winds coincide with falling snow in the Red River Valley this evening, localized open country blizzard conditions are possible. Stay tuned to updates today on this hazardous winter weather expected later this afternoon through Tonight. Winds should quickly subside in the Valley after midnight and visibilities will also improve from west to east.

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