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Western Avenue on the outskirts of Park Rapids is covered in water. (Sarah Smith/Enterprise)

Blizzard will miss Hubbard County and most of region

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Park Rapids Minnesota PO Box 111 56470

Hubbard County will see some snow by Wednesday morning but the brunt of a blizzard bearing down on western North Dakota will slide around our region.

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"There will be scattered rain showers today, with only a tenth (of a hundredth) of liquid," said National Weather Service meteorologist Peter Rogers. "It will gradually turn to snow after midnight tonight, but I would be generous in saying Park Rapids will see more than an inch or two of snow."

Rogers said snow will gradually turn to snow late Tuesday evening, with a possibility of a freezing rain mix as temperatures drop.

The region is on the periphery of a winter storm watch and remains in a flood watch due to overland flooding and runoff from small streams. Rogers said there will be heavier snow in northern Beltrami County and northwestern Minnesota, but the central region will mostly escape the heavy snows and high winds building out of the Black Hills in South Dakota.

"It will cool off by 10 degrees during the day," he said. "That's good news from a snowmelt perspective. But winter's not quite ready to give up her grip yet."

Hubbard County emergency authorities are still urging motorists to use caution and vigilance, as many roads throughout the region have running water and some portions of county and township roads have been closed.

Park Rapids schools transportation director Cindy Leach said school buses did not encounter any new trouble spots Tuesday morning after more rain fell on the region overnight.

The Enterprise will update road closings as they become available. Stay tuned to this Web site for the latest weather and flood-related news.

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