While an October snowfall dissipated fast and a few snowflakes have been spotted in the area, a snowstorm is expected to hit Otter Tail County and the surrounding area early today.

According to the National Weather Service, a winter storm warning has been in effect since midnight and will last until noon Sunday. The storm is expected to dump 12-18 inches of snow and cause a sheen of ice on roads. Winds will have a bone-shivering effect as gusts as high with 40 mph are also on tap.

In regards to travel, the weather service stated it would be very difficult to impossible with blowing snow reducing visibility significantly.  According to the American Automobile Association, over 55 million travelers took to the roadways, traveling 50 miles or more this Thanksgiving. Those that have traveled to the Twin Cities or farther will battle through icy and snowy conditions attempting to make it home.

The Weather Service recommends that if traveling, to keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of emergency. Also, make sure to have cellphones charged to a reasonable level and to check the latest road conditions at 511mn.org or by calling 511.

After Sunday, the weather for the following week for the Fergus Falls area sees temperatures in the high 20s and low 30s, with partial cloud cover.

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