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'Massive and possibly historic' winter storm headed for eastern ND, west-central Minn.

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West Fargo resident Keith Anderson clears snow Thursday, Dec. 27. Forum file photo3 / 4
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FARGO — A winter storm predicted to hit the Red River Valley on Wednesday and Thursday could be "massive and possibly historic," according to a news release from the National Weather Service.

The storm is expected to start Wednesday and last through Thursday morning. Strong wind gusts are forecast, possibly reaching 55 mph. The weather service has issued a winter storm watch for Wednesday evening into Thursday.

The weather service said the precipitation will be a wintry mix of rain and heavy snow, but the type depends on the location. The forecast calls for rainfall mostly in far southeast North Dakota and west-central Minnesota, with snowfall extending from southeast North Dakota into northwest Minnesota.

The Red River Valley is expected to receive about 6-8 inches of snow. Fargo-Moorhead is on the edge of an area of southeast North Dakota and west-central Minnesota that could see up to 4 inches of rain and freezing rain before snow moves in on Thursday.

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The storm could potentially cause power outages, and places where rain hits could experience flooding due to blocked drains. Travel could also be very difficult with widespread blowing snow, causing reduced visibility on Thursday.

Read more about the National Weather Service's forecast here. The weather service plans to release more details about the storm at 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 12.

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