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BEMIDJI — Winter weather is causing road hazards and water line freezing throughout the state.

The Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office is cautioning people who are planning travel in Central Minnesota to heed the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s warning against unnecessary travel. Blowing and drifting snow in Stearns, Benton, Sherburne, Todd, Morrison, Kanabec, Isanti and Wright counties is making travel conditions dangerous.

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MnDOT does not anticipate any interstate or highway closures, but quickly drifting snow is encroaching on driving lanes.

In Bemidji,today’s skies are forecast to be partly cloudy with a high of 10 above and west winds from 10 to 20 mph. No snow is in the National Weather Service forecast for the Bemidji area this weekend.

Although there may not be snow falling, there is still ice forming in faucets. The sheriff’s office reminds residents that extreme frost depth has frozen many water lines. To keep lines from freezing, take the temperature of cold water coming out of the tap daily. If the water temperature is below 34 degrees it should be run at a stream the size of a pencil continuously until mid-April or until the water temperature rises above 35 degrees.

Customers should notify their utility company when water temperatures are below 34 degrees to avoid being charged for the additional water or sewer usage. In Bemidji, citizens should call City Hall at 218-759-3564 to report running water.

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