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Snowstorm could drop up to 6 inches in some spots of eastern North Dakota, western Minnesota

The National Weather Service forecasts precipitation this weekend, with some areas potentially getting up to 6 inches of accumulated snow.

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The canopy over Eighth Street South glows as the morning sun strikes branches adorned with delicately accumulated snow Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, in Fargo. Temperatures in the 30s are expected until a cold snap arrives Sunday night. Low temperatures Monday and Tuesday could be below zero. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor
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FARGO — Local meteorologists say it will likely begin to look a lot like Christmas this weekend.

A weather system moving across eastern North Dakota and western Minnesota beginning Saturday afternoon, Dec. 4, will bring heavy amounts of snow, according to the National Weather Service's Grand Forks bureau.

Area forecasters say the system itself is making it difficult to predict precisely where the heaviest bands of snow will fall, but it is likely that areas along the U.S. Highway 2 corridor from Devils Lake, North Dakota, to Bemidji, Minnesota, could see up to 6 inches fall.

The weather service has issued a winter storm watch for Cass County and areas to the north and west in North Dakota, and in Clay County and areas north and east in Minnesota.

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WDAY chief meteorologist John Wheeler said Friday evening that the Fargo-Moorhead area appears to be on the southern end of the storm's path.

"There will be very different conditions across the region," he said. "We do know wherever that front lines up, it will be quiet south of it."

The metro area can expect as little as 1-2 inches beginning around sunset on Saturday night, Wheeler said. That figure could drift upward to the 3-5 inch range if the system veers south.

Wheeler expects winds to pick up as the snow begins to fall, and with temperatures forecast to be near freezing, the snow will be of the wet variety.

After letting up Sunday morning, a second band of snowfall is anticipated Sunday night, and along with it, windy conditions to kick up accumulated snow to make travel difficult.

The snow that does fall across the region is expected to stick, as the forecast calls for cold temperatures early next week, with expected lows in the single digits below zero in the Fargo-Moorhead area Sunday and Monday nights.

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