According to the National Weather Service (NWS) in Grand Forks, the first round of snow has left much of the region with around 5 to 8 inches of snowfall.
Snow plows, snowblowers and shovels were out in force Thursday morning while the snow continued to fall.
Hubbard County Sheriff's Office reported, as of Thursday morning, there were no weather-related accidents.
"We're doing fine, so far. No accidents to report," agreed Park Rapids Police Chief Jeff Appel. Appel said, thanks to schools being on holiday break and many people still on vacation, there is reduced traffic.
Appel noted the that when the wind whips up, it could make things treacherous outside of town.
"We advise people to stay at home," he said.
Appel said the department has all-wheel drive vehicles so they can respond in almost any conditions. They also have access to bigger vehicles with higher clearance when they assist the county on calls.
The area - including Fosston, Fertile, Bagley, Bemidji, Mahnomen, Naytahwaush, Waubun, Lake Itasca, Long Lost Lake, Park Rapids, Detroit Lakes, Wolf Lake, Perham, New York Mills, Wadena and Menahga - remains in a winter storm warning until Friday noon. NWS says snow will continue across mainly southeast North Dakota and west-central Minnesota into the evening hours, with an additional 5 to 10 inches of snow expected by Friday morning.
Blizzard conditions are expected to develop this afternoon along and west of the Red River Valley, continuing into the overnight hours. Wind gusts up to 50 mph are expected. Wind chills as low as 25 below zero can cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes.