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Ground blizzard conditions expected today in Langdon-Valley City corridor

A fast-moving cold front will push through the area today, producing some rapidly changing conditions in a nine-county corridor running from Langdon down to Valley City.

GRAND FORKS — The National Weather Service warns of ground blizzard conditions today through this evening in a corridor that runs from Langdon to Devils Lake to Cooperstown to Valley City.

A fast-moving cold front will push through the area today, producing subzero temperatures and bitterly cold wind as that front passes, according to the NWS in Grand Forks.

Those conditions are expected to bring:

  • Strong northwest winds at 40 to 50 miles per hour, which will produce ground blizzard conditions, mainly over the Devils Lake Basin and upland areas of eastern North Dakota, from mid-morning into early evening.
  • Rapidly cooling temperatures as cold air pours in behind the front, which will drop temperatures to below zero through the afternoon and evening.
  • Bitter wind chills tonight and early Sunday, as the cold air and persistent northwesterly winds produce areas of wind chills as low as 45 below, along and north of the Highway 200 corridor.

Motorists are advised to slow down and use caution, especially if traveling in the corridor that encompasses Cavalier, Towner, Ramsey, Benson, Nelson, Eddy, Griggs, Steele and Barnes counties, as well as the western half of Walsh County.

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