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Storm system expected to hit area Monday night

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A swath of six or more inches of snow is possible from the far southern Red River Valley up toward the upper and lower Red lakes region from late Monday afternoon through early Tuesday.

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According to the National Weather Service, Gusty northwest winds are also expected Monday night into Tuesday, which may result in low visibilities due to blowing snow.

The culprit for this latest round of winter weather is a low pressure system that is expected to lift out of eastern Nebraska on Monday and track northeast to the Lake Superior area by Tuesday afternoon.

Some uncertainty still exists with this storm track, which could adjust the track of the heavier snow amounts, which will impact Becker, Hubbard, Mahnomen and Otter Tail counties, among others.

A winter storm watch in effect from Monday afternoon through Tuesday morning.

Snow is expected to break out late Monday afternoon across the far southern Red River Valley. By Monday night the heavier snow should shift into areas east of the Red River Valley.

Six or more inches of snow are possible from the Wahpeton-Breckenridge area up toward the Upper and Lower Red Lakes region.

North to northwest winds of 25 to 35 mph with gusts to 40 mph are possible Monday night into portions of Tuesday. Low visibilities may occur Monday night into Tuesday due to the combination of snow and blowing snow.

Wind chill readings are expected to drop below zero Monday night along and west of the Red River but should stay in the single digits below zero.

A winter storm watch means there is a potential for significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations that may impact travel.

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