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Welcome to winter

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What a difference 24 hours can make.

From 40 above late Sunday afternoon, to blizzard like conditions Monday evening and seven below temperature readings with a 20 below wind chill Tuesday morning, it appears winter has certainly arrived, with at least a little bit of fury.

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The West Fargo Police Department was in the thick of things, kept busy by "those first of the year winter crashes," according to Captain Mike Reitan. The Department received calls of eight accident reports during the approximate 6 to 8:30 p.m. time frame Monday evening, when the intensity of the conditions seemed the greatest.

Three roll-over accidents were reported on Interstate 94 between exits 340 and 343 from west Main Avenue to Sheyenne Street, and five accidents were reported at various points within the community. Four ambulances were dispatched as a result of the combined incidents, with a couple of people with apparent minor injuries transported to a local hospital for treatment.

Reitan said all the accidents were directly related to slippery road conditions and drivers operating their vehicles at excessive speeds for the conditions. "Just because the speed limit is 75 on the Interstate or 35 on 13th Avenue doesn't mean you can travel those speeds at all times," he said. "Drivers need to adjust their traffic speeds to the conditions of the roadway, increase their stopping distances, and not use cruise control."

The Department also received some reports of bumps of power in various households around the community. This information was forwarded to local power companies involved, advising them of the areas having problems.

Tuesday morning temperatures, as reported by WDAY Weather, were 7 below in Fargo and 12 below in Grand Forks. Temperatures rebounded a bit yesterday (Tuesday) with a high of 15 and an overnight low of 12 degrees projected, along with some light snow. Today's (Wednesday's) forecast calls for light snow and windy conditions - northwest at 15 to 30 mph - with a high near 23 degrees and falling temperatures after noon. Projections for tomorrow (Thursday) call for mostly cloudy skies, with a high near 14 and low around 5 above. Temperatures are expected to continue in this range throughout the weekend.

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