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Blizzard could bring 8-10 inches of snow to Fargo this week

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FARGO - This week's weather is a reminder winter is still here.

A blizzard could be headed for Fargo this week - possibily bringing 8 to 10 inches of new snow, dangerous wind chills near 30 to 35 below and wind gusts of up to 40 mph.

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"It's a pretty good system we have here," said meteorologist John Hoppes with the National Weather Service in Grand Forks, N.D. "(But) the main event will be Tuesday."

While snow is expected to start falling during today's morning commute, the heaviest snow likely won't show up until late tonight, he said.

The weather service has issued a blizzard watch for the area from 6 a.m. Tuesday until 6 a.m. Wednesday, Hoppes said.

The watch area ranges from the Canadian border south, including Baudette, Minn., to Devils Lake, N.D.; to the South Dakota border, including Gwinner, N.D., and Fergus Falls, Minn., as well as Grand Forks, Crookston, Minn., and Fargo.

A blizzard watch means a potential for falling and/or blowing snow with strong winds and extremely poor visibility, making travel very dangerous.

It won't be "too far off" from December's blizzard that dumped about 10 inches of snow on Fargo, Hoppes said. He predicts the Fargo area will receive about 6 to 8 inches this Tuesday on top of the inch or two the area may receive today.

Factor in wind gusts of up to 40 mph Tuesday, and the blowing snow could mean zero visibility for the region, Hoppes said.

The area is also expected to see wind chills of 25 to 35 below Tuesday.

By Wednesday, the wind is expected to settle down to 10 to 20 mph and temps to warm up to around zero degrees.

Thursday will continue to thaw with temps in the low to mid-teens, and Friday may see temps in the mid-20s, Hoppes said.

No snow is expected the rest of the week.

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