Snow and wind make travel hazardous -- up to foot of snow expected in places
The Becker County Sheriff's Department reported lots of activity, including cars in the ditch and fender-benders on Sunday afternoon, according to a dispatcher, who was too busy to talk to a reporter.
The Becker County area can expect from six inches to a foot of snow today, according to the National Weather Service, which has issued a no-travel advisory for much of north-central and Northwest Minnesota, including Becker, Mahnomen, Otter Tail and Hubbard counties.
At about 11 a.m. Sunday, the National Weather Service in Grand Forks, N.D., reported that a winter storm warning remains in effect for the region until 10 pm. Sunday.
Significant snowfall has already dropped and more is expected in the area, with strong winds possible, making driving "very hazardous or impossible," according to the National Weather Service.
Snow, heavy at times, will continue to affect portions of extreme southeast North Dakota, northwest and west-central Minnesota on Sunday.
Six inches or more of snow is expected with local amounts greater than a foot of snow possible, as a low-pressure system moves across eastern South Dakota and southern Minnesota and into Lake Superior by tonight.
Localized areas near Park Rapids and Bemidji will likely pick up well over a foot of snow before the snow ends this evening, according to the Weather Service.
As of 3 p.m., Becker County Sheriff Tim Gordon said he had not been advised of any serious traffic accidents in the county.
He advised residents to follow the National Weather Service warnings and stay off the roadways.
""People should just stay home, relax and enjoy the day," he said.