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Park Rapids could see 14 inches of snow

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Park Rapids is smack dab in the core of a powerful winter storm that will bring more than a foot of snow.

Flurries have already started in the region. "You could have 14 inches of snow by tomorrow night," National Weather Service meteorologist Bill Barrett.

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"You are in the heaviest band of snowfall," he said. "The winds will really be a problem Tuesday for open areas, but your forests will protect you somewhat from that."

Light snow will fall all day Monday, Barrett said, with a lull later tonight. "Tuesday you'll see the heavy stuff," he said. "You'll get 9 to 12 inches of heavier snow."

"This is the biggest snowstorm we'll see- we hope - of the spring."

Travel throughout the Red River Valley, which is expecting blizzard conditions, into southern Minnesota, will be difficult, if not impossible.

Here is the extended forecast:

Today: Snow likely. Cloudy, with a high near 31. East wind 6 to 10 mph becoming north. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent. Total daytime snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.

Tonight: Snow likely. Cloudy, with a low around 9. North wind between 11 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.

Tuesday: Snow and widespread blowing snow. The snow could be heavy at times. High near 19. Blustery, with a north northeast wind between 16 and 22 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent. New snow accumulation of 5 to 9 inches possible.

Tuesday night: Snow and widespread blowing snow before 1 a.m., then snow likely and areas of blowing snow after 1a.m. Low around -11. Wind chill values as low as -33. Blustery, with a north northwest wind between 23 and 25 mph, with gusts as high as 36 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90 percent.

Wednesday: Areas of blowing snow. Partly sunny, with a high near 4. Blustery, with a northwest wind between 17 and 21 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph.

Wednesday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around -14.

Thursday: Partly sunny, with a high near 13.

Thursday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 3.

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 30.

Friday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 14.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 38.

Saturday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 14.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 45.

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