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Heavy snow expected in MN as road conditions deteriorate, less than an inch likely locally

A car gets a tow after sliding on a snowy road in rural Douglas County early on Friday, Nov. 18. Photo by Lynn Mounsdon / Forum News Service

ALEXANDRIA, Minn. — Heavy snow is expected to fall throughout Minnesota on Friday, Nov. 18, making travel difficult in a central and northern Minnesota.

The National Weather Service expects 1 to 2 inches of snow per hour to fall in Fergus Falls, New York Mills, Wadena, Park Rapids and Bemidji this morning.

In additional, travel will be difficult due to winds gusting over 40 mph at times.

The weather service predicts less than an inch of snow is likely in southeastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin.

Northerly winds will prompt white out conditions in the southern Red River Valley and west central Minnesota, which could see 6 to 10 inches of snow total, the weather service said.

A winter weather advisory and blizzard warning remained in effect for southeast North Dakota and parts of west central Minnesota, while a winter storm warning was issued for a large portion of central and northern Minnesota.

The weather service said 2.1 inches of snow fell in Fargo on Thursday, while Grand Forks didn't pick up any.

By 7 a.m., Minnesota State Patrol troopers had responded to six non-injury accidents Friday morning. In addition, seven vehicles had gone off the road and required tow assistance, the State Patrol noted on its Twitter page.

Overall, roads were covered with ice, snow and slush, and motorists were experiencing poor visibility, the State Patrol reported.

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