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Rain will continue, with light snow possible for lakes area
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Detroit Lakes will see plenty of rain, with a chance of light snow Friday afternoon as a powerful winter storm that socked the Rockies and the Plains hits the area.

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Expect periodic rainfall over much of the northern Red River Valley today, and in a large portion of eastern North Dakota, including Grand Forks, that's expected to change into snow.

Portions of eastern North Dakota could get as much as six inches of snow by the end of Friday, but the storm system still remains rather uncertain, the National Weather Service says. Winds, though, are expected to increased by Friday morning -- and that could result in reduced visibilities where there's falling snow, the weather service says.

A winter storm watch has been called for tonight through Friday afternoon for much of eastern North Dakota, including all but Traill County in northeast North Dakota. The Fargo, Lisbon and Wahpeton areas, plus all of northwest Minnesota, are under a winter weather advisory.

The change from rain to snow is expected to shift gradually east through the day Friday. Areas of southeast North Dakota and across the river in Minnesota could see up to an inch and a half of rain by Friday night, possibly causing some river levels to rise near or above flood stage, the weather service says.

One to five inches of snow is expected across much of central and southwestern North Dakota, beginning with a rain and snow mix today.

The National Weather Service forecast for Detroit Lakes:

This Afternoon: Rain. High near 48. East wind between 3 and 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight: Rain. Low around 39. North northwest wind between 3 and 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Friday: Rain before 1pm, then rain and snow likely. High near 42. North northwest wind between 13 and 17 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Friday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 31. West northwest wind between 11 and 14 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Saturday: Partly sunny, with a high near 37. West northwest wind between 6 and 10 mph.

Saturday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29.

Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 44.

Sunday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29.

Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 44.

Monday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 28.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 46.

Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 30.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 45.

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