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Travelers heading for Thanksgiving dinners away from home will face challenging weather and road conditions.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for the Bemidji area from noon Wednesday through 6 p.m. Thanksgiving Day. Snow totals could reach 6 to 8 inches by the end of the day Thursday.

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"We're showing moderate snow, and it's quarter mile visibility, so it's coming down decently," said Geoff Grochocinski, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Grand Forks, N.D. "We expect it to be done by the end of Thursday."

The Minnesota departments of Transportation and the Public Safety encourage motorists to use their winter driving skills for the Thanksgiving holiday travel period, as winter storms move through the state beginning Wednesday and.

Motorists should remember to:

E Check road conditions www.511mn.org or call 511 before heading out.

E Plan ahead - Make sure vehicles are equipped with scraper/brush, small shovel, jumper cables, a bag of sand or cat litter for tire traction.

E Be patient - Allow more time to get to your destination. Drive at safe speeds. Remember snowplows and are working to improve road conditions for your trip.

E Stay back - Leave at least five car lengths behind the plow, far from the snow cloud; snowplow operators will pull over when it is safe to do so to allow traffic build-up to pass.

E Buckle up, make sure child restraints are secured

Grochocinski said conditions might improve for a while Thursday morning, but the storm should commence again soon after.

"There might be a little bit of a lull Thursday morning, but then the winds will pick up and it's going to be pretty messy," he said.

Grochocinski said to expect temperatures near 10 degrees above zero Thursday warming into the 20s during the weekend. Temperatures and snowstorms are normal weather for this time of year, he said.

Travelers heading for Thanksgiving dinners away from home will face challenging weather and road conditions.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for the Bemidji area from noon Wednesday through 6 p.m. Thanksgiving Day. Snow totals could reach 6 to 8 inches by the end of the day Thursday.

"We're showing moderate snow, and it's quarter mile visibility, so it's coming down decently," said Geoff Grochocinski, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Grand Forks, N.D. "We expect it to be done by the end of Thursday."

The Minnesota departments of Transportation and the Public Safety encourage motorists to use their winter driving skills for the Thanksgiving holiday travel period, as winter storms move through the state beginning Wednesday and.

Motorists should remember to:

E Check road conditions www.511mn.org or call 511 before heading out.

- Plan ahead - Make sure vehicles are equipped with scraper/brush, small shovel, jumper cables, a bag of sand or cat litter for tire traction.

- Be patient - Allow more time to get to your destination. Drive at safe speeds. Remember snowplows and are working to improve road conditions for your trip.

- Stay back - Leave at least five car lengths behind the plow, far from the snow cloud; snowplow operators will pull over when it is safe to do so to allow traffic build-up to pass.

- Buckle up, make sure child restraints are secured

Grochocinski said conditions might improve for a while Thursday morning, but the storm should commence again soon after.

"There might be a little bit of a lull Thursday morning, but then the winds will pick up and it's going to be pretty messy," he said.

Grochocinski said to expect temperatures near 10 degrees above zero Thursday warming into the 20s during the weekend. Temperatures and snowstorms are normal weather for this time of year, he said.

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