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Winter storm warning continues through 7 a.m. Monday in Bemidji area

BEMIDJI - Winter is refusing to let go of northern Minnesota. Heavy snow began falling around 10 p.m. in the Bemidji area Saturday night, which created white-out travel conditions on area roads. About 10 inches fell to the ground by morning, and ...

BEMIDJI - Winter is refusing to let go of northern Minnesota.

Heavy snow began falling around 10 p.m. in the Bemidji area Saturday night, which created white-out travel conditions on area roads. About 10 inches fell to the ground by morning, and a second wave of heavy snow began around 1 p.m. Sunday. Some reports had Bemidji's total snowfall at 23 inches. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning effective until 7 a.m. Monday.

This weekend's wintry weather has brought the Bemidji area to a near standstill. Motorists are having difficulty maneuvering their way around in the deep snow. School has been canceled for Monday in the Bemidji area.

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Affected county areas include southern Beltrami, Mahnomen, southern Clearwarter, Hubbard, west Becker, east Becker, Wilkin, West Otter Tail, East Otter Tail, Wadena and Richland. Cities affected include Bemidji, Mahnomen, Lake Itasca, Park Rapids, Detroit Lakes and Wolf Lake.

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A potential snowfall total of six to 10 inches is expected on a line from Wahpeton, N.D. through Fergus Falls, Detroit Lakes, Park Rapids and Bemidji. Winds over 25 miles per hour are expected on Sunday, which could create travel hazards in the affected areas.

As of 11:41 p.m., The Minnesota Road Traveler Information Service is reporting difficult driving conditions in Beltrami County. Expect slippery, wet and icy roads through at least noon Sunday.

Thunder could also accompany the snow, which was expected to produce up to two inches of snow along the heavier snow bands by 1:15 a.m. Sunday.

A winter storm warning means significant amounts of snow, sleet and ice expected or occuring with possible strong winds, making travel very hazardous or impossible.

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