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Major winter storm could be on the way this weekend

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Major winter storm could be on the way this weekend
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A major winter storm starting late Friday and continuing through Sunday - complete with significant snow accumulations -- "is becoming more likely" for the Bemidji area, the National Weather Service office in Grand Forks says in a morning statement.

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But first, some freezing drizzle is possible this afternoon over portions of eastern North Dakota, notably from Devils Lake south to Valley City and Lisbon - and that could spread east tonight, the National Weather Service office in Grand Forks says.

As for the weekend storm, snow is expected to develop late Friday night and continue through Sunday. The snow may become heavy at times in Saturday, and significant accumulations are possible before the snow tapers off later in Sunday. Northerly winds will increase on Sunday, causing blowing and drifting snow and the potential for near-blizzard conditions in open country.

"A large storm system will move out of the Colorado Rockies on Friday ... then into the Northern Plains by Saturday. This storm will have abundant Pacific Ocean and Gulf of Mexico moisture to work with ... and most of this moisture will fall as snow," the statement said.

Here is the latest forecast for the Bemidji area:

Today: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 27. Southeast wind around 9 mph.

Tonight: Cloudy, with a low around 12. Southeast wind around 8 mph.

Thursday: A 20 percent chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 26. East southeast wind between 7 and 10 mph.

Thursday Night: A 20 percent chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 18. East southeast wind between 8 and 10 mph.

Friday: Cloudy, with a high near 31. East southeast wind around 11 mph.

Friday Night: A 40 percent chance of snow. Cloudy, with a low around 22.

Saturday: Snow likely. Cloudy, with a high near 32. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Saturday Night: Snow likely. Cloudy, with a low around 23.

Sunday: A chance of snow. Cloudy, with a high near 32.

Sunday Night: A chance of snow. Cloudy, with a low around 19.

Monday: A slight chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 29.

Monday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 10.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 23.

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