weather

First snowfall causes eight FF crashes

Slippery conditions from the first snowfall of the season were likely at fault in eight Fergus Falls car crashes over the last 24 hours. Three inches of snow had accumulated by 8 a.m. Monday, with four of the accidents coming early that morning as well. “It’s pretty typical for the first snowfall,” Fergus Falls Police […]

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‘It’s just been unbelievable’: Worst year for rain in memory for local resort and golf course

Ten Mile Lake Resort has been in Mike Schultz’s family for more than a century, and he can’t remember the water ever being this high. “This is probably the worst year ever for water,” he said. “It’s just unbelievable how much rain we’ve had.” Schultz said the water is above the high water mark on […]

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Large funnel cloud spotted in county

A quick-developing severe storm prompted a series of tornado warnings in the area Friday afternoon. The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for central Otter Tail County. “There was really one dominant storm that passed through the area yesterday,” said meteorologist Jeff Makowski. “It was a supercell thunderstorm that formed in far southeastern North […]

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Rain, rain, won’t go away anytime soon

More showers expected through next week Don’t expect too much of a break from the rain for the rest of the month, according to a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. Jeff Makowski from the NWS said scattered storms are likely in the area through June. Some parts of the region may miss the bulk […]

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FF dodges snow this morning

Rest of the week looks significantly drier There was a chance that Monday’s heavy rain could have turned to snow late into the night and early this morning, but Fergus Falls seems to have avoided that possibility, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Jim Kaiser. “There’s another chance for a little bit of a mix […]

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March to go out like a lion

As the saying goes, March will go out like a lion today, with several winter-related warnings — including a blizzard — in the region. The western part of Otter Tail County, including Fergus Falls, will be in a blizzard warning from 7 p.m. tonight until 7 a.m. Tuesday, and the eastern part of the county […]

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A rainy mess

Rob Metzinger with the U.S. Postal Service attempts to stay dry during Monday morning’s rain while delivering mail on East Junius Avenue. 1.18 inches of rain fell in Fergus Falls Monday.

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Storm knocks out trees, power

A wind storm that blew through Otter Tail County early Saturday morning left a path of downed trees in its wake. There were several reports in and around Fergus Falls and the lakes area of fallen trees. A tree fell on a power feeder, which supplies power to 346 residents in Fergus Falls, at about […]

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Heat dome traps much of U.S.

CHICAGO — For millions of people enduring this week’s extreme heat and humidity, it feels like they’re living in a pressure cooker. And in a sense, they are. Much of the United States is trapped under a heat “dome” caused by a huge area of high pressure that’s compressing hot, moist air beneath it, leading […]

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The Midwest scorcher continues

AP and Journal reports Midwest residents woke Tuesday to the whir of fans and air conditioners, the soundtrack to an unusually intense heat wave enveloping most of middle America and slowly spreading eastward. From Texas to the Dakotas, and east to Illinois and Indiana, temperatures and humidity levels soared on Monday and were expected to […]

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