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Saturday morning's freezing rain formed icicles on the wings of the birds in the sculpture, "Sovereign Son," located at the corner of Sixth Street Northwest and Minnesota Avenue Northwest in Bemidji. Pioneer Photo/Anne Williams
Saturday morning's freezing rain formed icicles on the wings of the birds in the sculpture, "Sovereign Son," located at the corner of Sixth Street Northwest and Minnesota Avenue Northwest in Bemidji. Pioneer Photo/Anne Williams

Winter storm warning: Snow weather continues through Monday

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Many local activities were canceled or postponed in the Bemidji area on Saturday because of dangerous road conditions.

It was just too icy.

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The Bemidji Post Office wouldn't deliver mail. News carriers had a tough time delivering their routes, some of which were too icy to complete. All Bemidji High School events were canceled, buses would not run, and many other Bemidji area activities, outings and events were called off.

Salt and gravel trucks managed to soften area roads that were like ice rinks in the morning before the winds picked up and light snow began to fall in the afternoon. Some businesses, such as the Bemidji Public Library, closed early.

"Some of our staff have to travel far to get home, so we had to come in extra early to work," said Yvonne Walden, a staff member at the library. "The manager decided to close early so we could get home before dark."

The National Weather Service said late Saturday the storm is weakening. Low pressure was weakening over north-central North Dakota as a new area of low pressure develops over south-central Kansas.

Light snow will develop over eastern North Dakota and northwest Minnesota this afternoon and continue into Monday before ending.

Snowfall through midday will be less than an inch in most areas, with 3 to 5 inches in the Warroad and Baudette areas late this evening into Monday.

Winds will become north and increase to 25 to 40 mph over eastern North Dakota and the red river valley this afternoon into Monday, which will cause drifting snow and some blowing snow.

A winter storm warning continues through Monday morning, which means significant amounts of snow, sleet and ice are expected or occurring. Strong winds are also possible. This will make travel very hazardous or impossible.

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