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Treacherous travel conditions expected across Red River Valley Wednesday

The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning for the Fargo area 3 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 23.

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FARGO — Forecasters warn of possible blizzard conditions Wednesday morning, Dec. 23, as very strong winds and snow were expected to hit the Red River Valley with a double whammy.

The weather system is expected to arrive Tuesday night, dropping temperatures and delivering sustained winds of 35 mph and possible gusts reaching 60 mph during the day Wednesday, according to John Wheeler, chief meteorologist for WDAY-TV.

The National Weather Service on Tuesday night issued a blizzard warning for the Fargo area from 3 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Wheeler said snowfall across the region was expected to range from about an inch to 3 inches, including in the Fargo-Moorhead area, with the snow ending by Wednesday afternoon.

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Wheeler said that visibility in rural areas could be zero or close to it while snow is falling.

In-town driving will also be difficult in spots, but not impossible Wednesday, Wheeler added.

Forecasters also warned that an icy glaze on the ground may accompany the arrival of the stormy weather Wednesday morning.

Fargo public works officials expect freezing rain or snow to start in the city around 6 a.m. and are warning that roads could become extremely icy.

The city of Fargo urged caution driving and said deicing will start on main roads and that crews might not reach residential roads until after the morning commute.

In addition, from Wednesday through Thursday, wind chill values approaching minus 35 degrees are possible, with daytime high temperatures expected to be in the teens Wednesday and slightly above zero on Thursday.

High temps in the 20s are expected across the region on Friday.

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Fargo Public Schools canceled all classes for Wednesday in anticipation of bad weather.

All extracurricular activities have also been canceled for Wednesday, the district said in a news release.

Meal distribution for winter break has been canceled for Wednesday at Discovery Middle School, Davies High School, South High School and North High School in Fargo.

Fargo schools will use the storm makeup day built into the school calendar on April 30. Students and staff will be expected to be in school on April 30.

West Fargo Public Schools' winter break starts Wednesday, so students there will also have no school that day.

All students in the Moorhead School District are in distance learning, which will continue on Wednesday, a district spokesperson said. She added that due to the storm forecast meal distribution Wednesday was canceled.

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