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Park Rapids expected to get up to 10 inches of snow

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Park Rapids Minnesota PO Box 111 56470

A snowstorm is expected to hit the area just in time for Christmas making holiday travel tough.

By Wednesday night, light snow will start to fall and continue on and off in the Park Rapids area through Friday night.

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The storm will bring in six to 10 inches of snow throughout Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, said National Weather Service meteorologist Tom Grafenauer in Grand Forks, N.D.

Traveling to the south will be difficult. The Twin Cities all the way down to Sioux Falls, S.D. are looking at 16-20 inches.

"Lighter totals will be seen to the north and heavier totals will be seen to the south," Grafenauer said.

Winds will pick up Friday reducing visibility, but they won't be bad enough to result in blizzard conditions, he said.

Temperatures will be in the 20s throughout the storm and dropping to the teens overnight.

Here is the extended local forecast:

Wednesday: Cloudy, with a high near 23. East wind between 8 and 10 mph.

Wednesday night: A 50 percent chance of snow, mainly after midnight. Cloudy, with a low around 18. East wind between 10 and 14 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Thursday: Snow. High near 25. East wind between 11 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90 percent.

Thursday Night: Snow. Low around 16. Chance of precipitation is 90 percent.

Christmas Day: Snow. High near 22. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent.

Friday Night: A chance of snow. Cloudy, with a low around 9.

Saturday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 16.

Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 0.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 14.

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

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