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Blizzard warning in Dakotas, Minnesota

 Aberdeen Wednesday morning, courtesy Avera Skycam Network
Aberdeen Wednesday morning, courtesy Avera Skycam Network (KSFY)
Published: Feb. 12, 2020 at 7:22 AM CST
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Forecasters have posted a blizzard warning for the eastern Dakotas and western Minnesota as snow, strong winds and plunging temperatures move in.

The storm is creating difficult travel conditions early Wednesday with a large number of schools

, including North Dakota State University and Minnesota State University Moorhead.

The North Dakota Department of Transportation issued a no travel advisory for the northern Red River Valley.

Meteorologists expected wind gusts to 50 mph and whiteout conditions, especially in open, rural areas. Snow accumulations will be low, at 1 to 2 inches expected, but the wind is expected to blow around existing snow, potentially leading to ground blizzards.

First Alert meteorologist Aaron Doudna said wind chills will drop to -20 to -40 by Thursday morning.

You can track the latest forecast on the First Alert

, and you can find the latest driving conditions from around the region

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What are conditions like in your area? Submit photos or videos to Dakota News Now

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(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)