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Blizzard conditions forecast to start Thursday morning in Fargo-Moorhead area

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A winter storm warning has been issued for Cass and Clay counties between Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 6, and Thursday night, Feb. 7. Forum file photo3 / 4
National Weather Service Wednesday-Thursday total snowfall forecast from Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 6, 2019.4 / 4
FARGO — The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for Cass County, N.D., and Clay County, Minn., forecasting up to 12 inches of snow and 40 mph wind gusts between Wednesday afternoon and Thursday night.

A blizzard warning will come into effect at 6 a.m. Thursday and last until 9 p.m. Travel conditions will be difficult and hazardous, and will affect morning and evening commutes.

A winter storm warning is currently in effect for Cass, Ransom, Sargent and Richland counties in North Dakota, as well as Clay County, Minn., and will impact the cities of Moorhead, Fargo, Lisbon, Enderlin, Gwinner, Milnor, Forman, Rutland and Wahpeton.

Heavy snow and blizzard conditions are expected, with accumulations of 6 to 12 inches. Blizzard conditions are expected to start Thursday morning, when wind gusts may reach up to 40 mph. Visibility on roads is predicted to be less than a half-mile.

Separate warnings have been issued for west Otter Tail, Wilkin, and Grant County, Minn., where 5 to 8 inches of snow are expected to fall. A blizzard warning will also come into effect in these counties at 6 a.m. Thursday and last until 9 p.m.

The storm will be followed by a plunge in temperatures, with wind chills reaching the minus 35 to minus 45 range.

If you must travel, the National Weather Service recommends having a winter survival kit in your vehicle.

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