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Storm may nick southern Red River Valley, west central Minn.

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Storm may nick southern Red River Valley, west central Minn.
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FARGO, N.D. -- A huge snowstorm brewing in the West may take a whack at the southern Red River Valley later this week.

It's too early to say how much snow and wind the valley might receive, but it's possible Fargo and parts of west central Minnesota could be hit with something, said Vince Godon, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Grand Forks, N.D.

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Between Wednesday night and Saturday morning, heavy snowfall of 8 to 12 inches is possible in parts of the Upper Midwest, with most of the snow expected in places like Omaha, Neb., Sioux Falls, S.D., and possibly the Twin Cities, Godon said.

He said because of its size, the storm system will take a number of days to move through the region.

"It looks like it could impact quite a wide area," Godon said, adding the southern valley could possibly experience heavy snow and strong winds, with Thursday and Friday potentially being bad days.

He said it is almost certain that air traffic in the Twin Cities will be affected. What isn't so clear is how the weather will affect flights in and out of Fargo.

If Fargo's "hub" cities are affected, local flights could also face delays and cancellations, said Shawn Dobberstein, executive director of Hector International.

Airlines will try to keep fliers informed of delays or cancellations, Dobberstein said. If travelers hear that the weather will be bad on their particular travel day, they might try getting an earlier flight.

Godon said some parts of the Upper Midwest could see blizzard conditions.

Olson is a reporter at The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead, which is owned by Forum Communications Co.

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