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Red River Valley weather to deteriorate rapidly Wednesday night through Thursday morning

The change will create a threat of snow squalls of brief blizzard like conditions for parts of the Red River Valley and northwest Minnesota, the weather service said.

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Weather conditions in the Red River Valley will quickly deteriorate Wednesday evening Jan. 26 into Thursday morning, Jan. 27.
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FARGO — Rapidly changing weather conditions were expected to bring low visibilities and travel impacts to the Red River Valley late Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 16, according to the National Weather Service.

The change will create a threat of snow squalls of brief blizzard like conditions for parts of the Red River Valley and northwest Minnesota, the weather service said.

Heavy snow and strong winds were expected to create significant travel impacts, including slick conditions.

Temperatures will be in the low 30s before falling Wednesday night, the weather service said.

North winds of 25-35 mph with higher gusts were expected by early Wednesday night, with strong winds expected to continue into Thursday morning, impacting the morning commute.

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The weather service has issued a winter weather advisory starting at 8 p.m. Wednesday and lasting through noon Thursday.

John Wheeler, chief WDAY StormTracker meteorologist, said the system moving through the area Wednesday night and Thursday morning will not be as severe as other systems that have come through the region recently, but he said wind and drifting snow will likely cause issues in the country and open areas.

He said the worst of it will be overnight Wednesday into Thursday morning, though he said the system will probably not cause issues for in-town commuters Thursday morning.

"This is mostly going to be out in exposed areas, where the wind can blow across the road surfaces," Wheeler said. "As temperatures drop and as the wind picks up tonight and Thursday morning there will be some ice that forms on those roads."

For information on road conditions in North Dakota, visit www.nd511.com . For Minnesota road information visit www.511mn.org.

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