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Winter storm moving into ND

Parts of North Dakota could get as much as a foot of snow over the next couple of days, and the Fargo-Moorhead metro area is expected to see mostly rain and lots of wind.

The National Weather Service says a storm is expected late Wednesday through early Friday across central and southern North Dakota, and in the northeastern part of the state late Thursday through Friday.

Forecasters say strong winds late Thursday are expected to cause hazardous conditions, including some possible blizzard conditions at times.

The most snow -- between 8 and 12 inches -- is expected from Bismarck to Jamestown and in the Shields and Wishek areas farther south. Other areas could get 3 to 8 inches.

In the F-M area, there's a 20 percent chance of rain this afternoon. Rain and wind are expected to be a weather staple over the coming days, with up to an inch of precipitation through Thursday night.

On Friday, rain and snow are both likely in the morning, with conditions becoming blustery by the afternoon. A chance of snow is likely the remainder of the day.

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