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The first of this week's expected two winter storms reaches Bemidji

A woman clears the snow from her vehicle over the noon hour Monday in Bemidji during the region's first significant snowfall of the season. (Pioneer Photo by Monte Draper)

The first of two significant storm systems is moving over Beltrami County today.

According to a press release from the Beltrami County Office of Emergency Management:

Snow, which will be heavy at times, will continue through the day today. Total snow accumulations will range from 2-10 inches. The snow is expected to total more than 6 inches and will be isolated to a narrow band generally from Fargo to Mahnomen to south of Bemidji. Widespread areas with 2-5 inches of accumulation will be most common.

The area should get a breather on Tuesday and then get another snowstorm Wednesday, which is expected to have a bit of wind associated with it. Another 6 inches of snow is expected before the Thanksgiving weekend. Blowing snow visibility for the Holiday.

A winter storm warning is in effect through this evening. A winter storm watch is in effect through Thursday. The area could have a foot of snow on the ground by Friday.

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