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Another Monday, another snowfall

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BEMIDJI — In a winter harsher than most, the forecast for Monday with temperatures in the 30s seemed to be too good to be true. And it was, for the most part.

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Bemidji and the surrounding areas awoke Monday to the all-too familiar site of snowfall. But the bone-chilling freeze didn’t come along for the ride as it had in recent weeks, and temperatures steadily improved throughout the day. The high for Monday according to the National Weather Service website, was at 28 degrees just after 4 p.m. Immediate snow totals were not available but some areas to the west and in north-central Minnesota had several inches of new snow.

The conditions — new snow and then rising temperatures — did create some dangerous driving conditions. The Minnesota State Patrol reported icy conditions contributed to a fatal accident at about 1 p.m. Monday at the intersection of Balsam Road and Highway 71 (see separate story on page 3). Several other accidents were reported around the region, as well, according to the patrol.

Monday afternoon’s weather should continue for the next several days, the weather service said, with temperatures forecast in the mid-30s through Thursday. However, temperatures will dip back down as we head into the weekend, with highs only in the single digits.

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