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Windy in the Plains, Blizzard Conditions in North Dakota

7 Mar 2017, 2:25 pm

The wind has been howling across the Plains, Ohio Valley and Great Lakes today. Sustained winds higher than 30 mph have been common in the Upper Midwest, with gusts above 60 mph.

High Wind Warnings and Wind Advisories continue. Gusts to 70 mph are possible in some areas of the High Plains and Upper Midwest. Warnings will likely be extended eastward on Wednesday.

In Northern North Dakota, the wind comes with periods of heavy snow. Blizzard Warning continue for the northwest quarter of the state. Wind gusts above 50 mph is creating blowing and drifting snow, reducing visibility to near zero at times. Travel is difficult, if not impossible in some areas. A couple inches of additional snow is possible into this evening.

A strong low pressure center in Canada is responsible for the intense winds. As the low has strengthened, the winds have increased. Downed trees and branches are possible, along with power outages where the wind is strongest.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Mace Michaels

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