Schools close, road conditions bad in some areas as winter storm approaches
No travel is advised on Highway 113 in northern Becker County and Highway 108 between Perham and Pelican Rapids due to icy conditions, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
Many roads in Hubbard and Beltrami counties are listed as hazardous, and many roads in Mahnomen and Norman counties are listed as being in difficult driving conditions.
Schools have been closed for the day throughout the area, including Detroit Lakes, Lake Park-Audubon, Frazee-Vergas, Waubun-Ogema-White Earth, Ulen-Hitterdal, Perham, Pelican Rapids and Battle Lake.
In the Detroit Lakes area, the forecast calls for possible freezing rain today, turning to snow as the temperature drops tonight. Wind chills of 17 below are forecast, and snow accumulations of 1-3 inches are expected in the Detroit Lakes area.
On Saturday, look for cold, blustery conditions with a 50 percent chance of more snow.