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Park Rapids could see three to seven inches of snow today and more tomorrow. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

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A winter storm warning remains in effect until 6 a.m. Thursday throughout the Red River Valley and surrounding region, as another 4 to 8 inches of snow could fall by morning, with increasing winds that will create dangerous wind chills later tonight, according to the latest report from the National Weather Service.

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Park Rapids is in for three to seven more inches today after receiving several inches of new snow overnight.

Northerly winds of 20 to 30 mph, gusting to 30 or 35 mph, are expected this afternoon and into Thursday morning along and west of the valley, which will mean blowing snow and reduced visibility, especially in open areas.

Park Rapids, Menahga and Nevis schools all closed early.

Dangerous wind chill temperatures also will also develop by tonight, with values ranging from 15 below zero to 30 below.

Snow likely will end tonight, but strong northerly winds are expected to continue throughout the night, resulting in blowing and drifting snow.

In addition, temperatures are expected to drop throughout the day, putting the region in a deep freeze through the weekend, according to the weather service. Beginning Thursday, high temperatures are expected to be in the single digits below zero, while overnight lows will range from 10 to 25 below zero.

A winter storm warning for heavy snow means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring, according to the weather service. Significant amounts of snow are forecast, making travel dangerous.

Snowfall Tuesday throughout most of the northern Red River Valley ranged from about 1.5 to 3 inches, with higher amounts in some localized aras.

Since Sunday, snowfall has ranged from 4 to 6 inches through the valley, with higher amounts in the Devils Lake Basin and in much of the Minnesota lakes country, including the Bemidji anmd Park Rapids area, where snowfall reports have been in the 8-to-10-inch range. Here is the Park Rapids extended forecast:

  • TodaySnow. High near 22. North northeast wind around 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. Total daytime snow accumulation of 3 to 7 inches possible.
  • TonightSnow likely with patchy blowing snow before midnight, then a chance of snow after midnight. Cloudy, with a low around 0. Wind chill values as low as -18. West northwest wind 11 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of around an inch possible.
  • ThursdayMostly cloudy, with a high near 6. Wind chill values as low as -21. West northwest wind 14 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph.
  • Thursday NightMostly cloudy, with a low around -10. Wind chill values as low as -26. West wind 9 to 13 mph.
  • FridayMostly cloudy, with a high near 1. West wind 8 to 11 mph.
  • Friday NightMostly cloudy, with a low around -20.
  • SaturdayMostly sunny and cold, with a high near -5.
  • Saturday NightMostly cloudy, with a low around -16.
  • SundayA chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 5.
  • Sunday NightA chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around -5.
  • MondayA slight chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 1.
  • Monday NightMostly cloudy, with a low around -18.
  • TuesdayPartly sunny and cold, with a high near -5.
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Sarah Smith
Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.
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