Blizzard warnings continue in North Dakota, wind speeds will increase in Minnesota


Severe thunderstorm watches and warnings that were in place for Tuesday evening in southern Minnesota ended Wednesday morning, however, the storm system that brought on the storms continues to move slowly through the region.

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The National Weather Service Twin Cities (NWS) indicates the wind speed will increase throughout the night between Wednesday and Thursday, and snow is also expected on Thursday.

5 NEWS EYE WITNESSES Chief Meteorologist Ken Barlow says the winds can blow up to 50 mph Thursday and that a mixture of snow and rain is possible. He adds that if there is accumulation, it will be on grassy surfaces.

A map of current statewide wind speeds can be found by CLICKING HERE. You can also find an interactive radar by CLICKING HERE, and your full forecast can be found by CLICKING HERE.

Meanwhile, the snow continues to fall towards the north and west. A winter weather advisory is in effect until 19 am Thursday for East Polk counties, Lake of the Woods, North Beltrami and Clearwater North, according to the NWS. These areas could see wind gusts up to 40 mph and 2 to 4 inches of snow.

The NWS also issued a wind rating for southern Cook County, as well as for the region of the north coast, where sustained winds of 20 is 30 mph are expected to, and gusts to 50 mph .

Still further west, a winter storm warning is in effect for the counties bordering North Dakota, where a blizzard warning was issued for much of the state.

The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) reports that Interstate 94 is closed from the Montana border in Jamestown, which is located between Fargo and Bismarck. Additionally, travel alerts and no travel warnings are in place statewide.


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