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A woman walks under the entrance to Bemidji State University as the snow falls on Monday afternoon. More than 2 inches had fallen as of early Monday, and the area could see up to 9 inches of snow over the next few days, according to the National Weather Service office in Grand Forks, N.D.

First snow, then the big chill

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Winter, welcome back.

The Bemidji area awoke to new snowfall Monday, and it doesn't appear it will end anytime soon, as up to 7 to 9 inches of new snow is expected today and Wednesday in the region.

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Much of northwest Minnesota is in a winter weather advisory until 6 a.m. Tuesday, including all of Beltrami and Clearwater counties, as well as parts of Polk and Hubbard counties, according to the National Weather Service office in Grand Forks, N.D.

The weather service said between 3 to 5 inches of snow was expected to fall Sunday into Monday. By 7 a.m. Monday, 2 inches of snow had already fallen in the Bemidji area, according to the weather service's website. Another 1 to 4 inches was forecast to fall overnight Monday, and there's an 80 percent chance of more snow Tuesday, and a 70 percent chance for snow Wednesday, with up to 6 to 9 inches of new snowfall in some areas over the next two days.

On the heels of the new snow, the weather service said there were be some patches of freezing drizzle and also strong winds in some areas that could cause blizzard-like conditions. The temperatures also are expected to drop by the end of the week, with expected highs to be in the single-digits by Thursday into the weekend. Wind-chill values of 25 to 35 below are forecast by Wednesday night for some areas.

 
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