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Winter storm watch in effect through the weekend for Bemidji area; up to 6 inches of snow possible

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Parts of northwest Minnesota, including the Bemidji area, are under a winter storm watch through the weekend.

The National Weather Service in Grand Forks says a "major winter storm" will affect the region into early Monday.

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The storm system will spread snow, sleet and freezing rain into eastern North Dakota and western Minnesota Friday night and Saturday, with precipitation changing entirely to snow by Saturday night. Six inches or more of new snow is possible, the weather service says.

Northerly winds will increase, causing blowing and drifting snow Sunday through Sunday night. The snow is expected to end early Monday.

Ice could be the first major problem. Ice accumulations of up to one-fourth of an inch are possible Friday night into early Saturday.

The weather service forecast for Bemidji:

Today: A 20 percent chance of snow. Cloudy, with a high near 26. East southeast wind around 9 mph.

Tonight: A 20 percent chance of snow. Cloudy, with a low around 19. East southeast wind around 9 mph.

Friday: Cloudy, with a high near 31. East southeast wind between 8 and 11 mph.

Friday Night: Snow, freezing rain, and sleet likely, mainly after midnight. Cloudy, with a low around 23. East southeast wind between 11 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Saturday: Snow, freezing rain, and sleet, becoming all snow after noon. High near 32. East southeast wind around 16 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Saturday Night: Snow likely. Cloudy, with a low around 26. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Sunday: A 50 percent chance of snow. Cloudy, with a high near 32.

Sunday Night: A chance of snow. Cloudy, with a low around 17.

Monday: A slight chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 18.

Monday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 3.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 16.

Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 3.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 15.

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