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Winter storm continues to pound region

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GRAND FORKS -- The winter storm continues.

Freezing precipitation will continue today, but mostly in northwest Minnesota. Snow will dominate in eastern North Dakota.

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The rain, freezing rain and sleet mix will shift east, the National Weather Service says, by late afternoon, giving way to snow.

More snow - and north winds increasing to 25 to 35 mph - will provide the hazardous weather picture Sunday afternoon into Monday morning, following a break Sunday morning.

The northern valley will get the brunt of the snow - around 10 inches -- compared to around 5 inches in the southern valley, the weather service says.

A winter storm warning remains in effect until 6 a.m. Monday.

No travel is advised in northwest Minnesota and many areas in North Dakota because of difficult driving conditions. At 8 a.m., most of central North Dakota -- with Langdon, Devils Lake and Valley City on the eastern edge -- was in a no-travel-advised area, the North Dakota Department of Transportation reported on its Web site. Red River Valley roads were a mixed of continuous ice, compacted snow, snow covered or -- in a few places wet and slushy.

The forecast for Detroit Lakes:

This Afternoon: Snow, freezing rain, and sleet. High near 33. Southeast wind between 9 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. Little or no ice accumulation expected. Total daytime snow and sleet accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Tonight: Snow. Low around 31. Southeast wind between 5 and 8 mph becoming calm. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

Sunday: Snow likely, mainly after noon. Cloudy, with a high near 33. Breezy, with a northwest wind 7 to 10 mph increasing to between 17 and 20 mph. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.

Sunday Night: Snow and areas of blowing snow. Low around 17. Blustery, with a northwest wind around 20 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Monday: Snow likely and areas of blowing snow. Cloudy, with a high near 18. Blustery, with a north northwest wind between 20 and 28 mph, with gusts as high as 36 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Monday Night: Areas of blowing snow before midnight. Mostly cloudy and blustery, with a low around -2.

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