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Janice Dean: Why I love the weather

Growing up, my dad always used to tell me: “Janice Anne, find what you most love to do in life, and it will never feel like work.”

I remembered him saying this at a very young age, and I am happy and proud to say, I am living my father’s advice.

Becoming a meteorologist wasn’t always on the horizon when it came to following my career path.  But, every job I did do early on I believe has led me to where I am today.

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It started where I grew up. Living in Ottawa, Canada I was reminded that I was living in one of the world’s coldest winter capitals.

The fondest memories I have as a kid did not always happen in the summer months. I have more pictures of me in my snowsuit, making snowmen or skating on the ice than I do of me at the beach building sandcastles.

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The author in an undated childhood photo.

And every single year, God willing, if I live to be 100 years old, I’ll always create a snow angel following the first snowfall of the season!

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When I visit children in classrooms around the country and tell them about my job, I bring pictures to show them the house I grew up in with snow piled up to the roof.

When I am asked about what my favorite season is or what kind of weather I like to cover the most, I say all of it.

We also had memorable ice storms – one particular historic year ice piled up on the roads, sidewalks and power lines. The National Guard had to come in and help get our city cleaned up and the power restored after weeks of being in the dark (and the cold!).

I remember seeing the weather forecasters during these big events and being fascinated by how they could forecast these sometimes life-changing storms. I would wonder how they knew when these big weather events were going to strike.

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When I first graduated from college, I had my mind all set on a broadcasting career. For several years I worked at a classic rock station and it was during this period in my early 20’s a news director told me he thought I should some television reporting.  He asked if I had ever done the weather (back then you didn’t need the meteorology background to be an on-camera presenter).

Eager to try new things, I said yes and sat for days learning how to create weather graphics and figure out a five-day forecast.

I never imagined someday I would be doing it fulltime but I enjoyed the excitement of television, being outside, and looking at clues to see what the next day’s weather would bring.

When I was hired at Fox News over a decade later as their daytime forecaster, I went back to school to make it official.  It took me several years to become a broadcast meteorologist and in 2009 I was awarded the American Meteorological Society (AMS) seal of approval.

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When I talk with kids who are trying to figure out their career path, I always tell them to do everything you can to broaden out your job opportunities.

When I was in school, I LOVED math and science – the subjects you need to excel at when you study weather — and my years doing radio and reporting have also given me the building blocks to what I do every morning on “Fox & Friends.”

Weather is all around us. It can start up conversations with strangers and is a good way to think about life.

Someone recently asked me if my years as a radio D.J. has helped me in my job today. And the answer is absolutely. 

People are shocked to find out that meteorologists don’t read scripts from a TelePrompter. It’s all ad-lib, and my days in radio certainly have helped my presentation.

The fact that I went back to school in my thirties to study meteorology is a lesson that there should never be a time limit to learning something new.

And because I love talking and teaching kids about weather, that inspired my other love – writing about it. 

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The idea for my “Freddy the Frogcaster” series came from friends and family members who were looking for recommendations for children’s weather books.  After doing some research, I felt like there was a need for more of them, so I “leaped forward” and began to create my own.

I had read somewhere that frogs somehow innately know when the weather is changing, and have been known to “croak loader” when a storm is coming.  I’m not sure if this is scientifically proven, but when I read it, I thought wow – frogs are natural weather forecasters.

I’ve written five books in the “Freddy the Frogcaster” series including his adventures covering thunderstorms, tornadoes, hurricanes, snowstorms and flash floods.

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Janice Dean with Freddy the Frogcaster in Fox Square in New York City. (FNC)

I’m also proud that Freddy the Frogcaster is an ambassador for NOAA’s Weather Ready Nation program. (He’s got his own seal of approval!)

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Now that I’ve written these books and have spoken to thousands of kids about weather, I think this is one of the most important things I’ve ever done. And, just like I was as a kid, the children I go out and talk with are excited to tell you everything they’ve been through. Even the tough stuff.

Over the years covering extreme weather events, I am always struck by how communities come together and help each other. We can help save lives by talking about what to do and how to prepare in advance.

Parents have told me that after they read the “Freddy” books, many times it’s their children who are the ones who take the initiative to get an emergency preparedness kit together.

When I am asked about what my favorite season is or what kind of weather I like to cover the most, I say all of it.

I feel incredibly responsible when it comes to forecasting severe weather or hurricanes.  Meteorologists are sometimes the first ones to alert communities of the possibility of a dangerous weather event.  All of us want to make sure we’re giving the most up to date information so that families and communities can make their best plans.

Our forecasting tools area getting better at predicting when bad weather could strike more accurately. We’re the last ones that want to get the forecast wrong, but sometimes it happens and we hear about it. But, I always say I’d rather see people be over-prepared for a weather situation that doesn’t happen than that they are underprepared and caught off guard.

In terms of fun, though, I have to go back to my days as a kid. I love that moment when the first snowfall arrives and maybe there’s a day off from school to get bundled up and make snowmen, snow forts and snow angels.

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Rosy cheeks and fresh air remind you it’s a great day to be outside.  And then there’s the warm up inside with hot cocoa and marshmallows to discuss all of the snow that came down in just a few hours.

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Every morning when I’m outside on Fox Square bringing you the nation’s weather I’m always reminded that weather is the one thing that we all experience together on this planet. Those cold, sunny days when you can see your breath and quite literally they remind you that you’re alive.

Weather is all around us. It can start up conversations with strangers and is a good way to think about life: After every storm, the sun comes out, and the winds sometimes will clear a path to a new destination, a different path or just a brand new day to begin again.

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Pictures: Pearl River in Jackson, Mississippi floods

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Dale Frazier and his neighbors John and Jina Smith paddle across Pearl River floodwater to their Flowood, Miss., homes Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020. 

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Bomb cyclone washes up ‘ghost ship’ in Ireland, UK reels from flooding

An explosive winter storm that roared across the North Atlantic over the weekend, packing high winds and heavy rain, was fierce enough to wash up a cargo ship that had been drifting at sea since 2018 onto the Irish coast.

The Met Office, Britain’s meteorological service, said Storm Dennis brought a month’s worth of rain in just 48 hours to parts of South Wales, causing major flooding throughout the region as authorities fanned out to rescue people from homes and businesses.

The storm was dubbed a “bomb cyclone” after rapidly intensifying near Iceland Friday before slamming Britain and Ireland over the weekend. The National Weather Service Ocean Prediction Center said Storm Dennis deepened by 40 millibars in 24 hours, becoming one of the five strongest non-tropical cyclones on record in the North Atlantic.

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The Irish Coast Guard said it responded on Sunday after a cargo ship that had been drifting at sea since its crew was rescued in 2018 ended up on the rocks near Ballycotton, located on the country’s south coast.

“There was nobody on board,” according to the Irish Coast Guard.

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A cargo ship that had been drifting at sea since 2018 washed up on the coast of Ireland on Sunday, according to officials. (Irish Coast Guard)

Officials in Ireland said the U.S. Coast Guard had rescued the 10 crew members from the vessel back in September 2018. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, a cutter rescued Alta’s 10 crew members on Oct. 8, 2018, when the vessel became disabled 1,380 miles southeast of Bermuda.

At the time of the rescue, the crew members had been stranded on the ship for 20 days after transiting from Greece to Haiti when the ship broke down and repairs were unable to be made.

“The vessel has been drifting since,” Irish officials said.

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Cork’s Evening Echo newspaper reported a county council team was preparing to assess the wreck of the “ghost ship” for possible oil leaks.

“It is located on a dangerous and inaccessible stretch of coastline and is in an unstable condition,” the Cork County Council said it a statement to the news outlet.

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The storm caused disruptions throughout the region that are expected to last through Sunday.

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An ambulance, left, and a vehicle are submerged after flooding in Nantgarw, Wales, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020. (Ben Birchall/PA via AP)

Major incidents have been declared in a number of areas in England and Wales as authorities mobilized resources to deal with the impact of the overflowing rivers that have cut off some communities. Dennis has been so intense that England posted a record number of flood warnings and alerts. In addition, a rare “red warning,” for extremely life-threatening flooding, was announced for South Wales.

A man in his 60s died after falling into the River Tawe in South Wales mid-morning and his body was found further along the river, Dyfed-Powys Police said on social media. Police said his death was not being treated as suspicious or being linked to the bad weather.

On Saturday, Storm Dennis was blamed for the deaths of two men who were pulled from the sea in separate searches off England’s southeastern coast.

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A member of the public is rescued after flooding in Nantgarw, Wales, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020. (Ben Birchall/PA via AP)

The British Red Cross said that with water levels expected to peak on Monday or Tuesday it was ready to respond across the country.

“British Red Cross have been liaising with relevant local authorities, offering to support people affected by Storm Dennis across the U.K.,” its crisis response officer Georgie Timmins said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Tennessee landslide sends 2 large homes tumbling into rain-swollen river on video

A landslide sent two large homes plummeting into the rain-swollen Tennessee River over the weekend, video posted on Facebook by a local fire department showed, but fortunately, nobody was reported hurt.

One of the homes in Savannah, Tenn., a two-hour drive east of Memphis, made cracking and snapping sounds and showed sparks of electricity as it slid into the river.

Only one of the two homes was occupied when the threat of a landslide became imminent — and rescuers said the homeowners evacuated ahead of time.

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Within an hour of the evacuation, the first of the two homes collapsed Saturday night, Fox 13 reported.

The second two-story home plunged into the river mid-morning Sunday, the fire department added.

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Two homes collapsed into the rain-swollen Tennessee River, the Hardin County Fire Department reported. Homeowners were evacuated from the first house and the second home was unoccupied, officials said. (Hardin County Fire Department)

“Oh my God,” someone was heard saying in the background.

Drone photos shared by the department showed a large section of the riverfront known as Chalk Bluff had dropped off into the water, leaving a mess of debris. Contents of the homes were spread up and down the hillside.

The names of the homeowners had not been released Sunday, reports said.

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The collapse came as the fire department reported the river was at flood stage, following days of heavy rain across much of the southeastern U.S.

The rain has been blamed for multiple landslides involving rocks and mud over the past week across North Carolina, West Virginia and Tennessee, McClatchy reported.

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Avalanche in Colorado leaves 2 presumed dead north of Vail, lone survivor managed to ‘free himself’

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Authorities in Colorado are working to recover the bodies of two men who were trapped in an avalanche on Saturday, according to officials.

The Eagle County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release Sunday the avalanche happened in the area of Muddy Paths, located north of Vail. Officials first got word of the avalanche around 4:45 p.m. Saturday.

“At this time it appears that a group of three individuals snowmobiling in the backcountry may have triggered the avalanche,” the sheriff’s office said. “One individual was able to free himself and contacted authorities.”

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As of Sunday afternoon, officials said there was an “active search and recovery mission” underway for the two men believed to have been buried in the slide.

“There are several agencies working collaboratively on this incident,” the sheriff’s office said.

Eagle County Sheriff spokesperson Jessie Porter told FOX31 that weather conditions on Saturday night prevented crews from completing the mission.

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center warned on Sunday that the backcountry avalanche forecast in Eagle County is rated as “considerable” and that “dangerous avalanche conditions” exist in the area.

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In the past three days, the CAIC said it received reports of 20 natural and human triggered avalanches “large enough to kill a person” coming in from northern and central mountains in the state.

“Some of these avalanches were even large enough to snap trees in half,” the agency said.

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A multi-day storm moving into the Colorado mountains on Sunday is expected to increase the avalanche danger in the state’s northern mountains before the threat shifts to the central region by Monday. In some areas, officials warn that even light new snow totals may trigger “some very large avalanches.”

“The best way to manage your risk is to make conservative terrain choices and stay aware of the terrain that lurks above you,” CAIC wrote in a Facebook post. “This advice may seem conservative to some of our users, but the bottom line is, we’re worried.”

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Ice balls appear on Lake Michigan beach, wash up ‘by the thousands’

Goodness gracious, great balls of ice!

A bitter blast of Arctic air that brought dangerous wind chills across the Midwest last week also helped create the conditions for a rare phenomenon known as “ice balls” on a Lake Michigan beach.

The National Weather Service in Grand Rapids said Friday that it “took a while” but the conditions needed to form the balls finally got just right.

“These can usually be seen as early as late December and early January when temperatures fall into the teens and single digits,” the Weather Service said.

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Officials from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources shared photos of ice balls washing up on a beach at Holland State Park, about 30 miles west of Grand Rapids.

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Thousands of ice balls formed and washed along the shore of Lake Michigan on Friday. (Holland State Park/Michigan Department of Natural Resources)

“It’s cold as balls out here!” park staff posted on Facebook. “Seriously, if you’re coming out to see the ice balls, please dress warm and be careful of snow covered debris.”

The frigid attraction varied in size from softballs to yoga balls, DNR supervisor Sean Mulligan told the Detroit Free Press.

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The ice balls spotted Friday along Lake Michigan varied in size. (Holland State Park/Michigan Department of Natural Resources)

“We went down to the beach to check on things and we saw these large ice balls,” he told the paper. “I had heard of them before, but I hadn’t ever seen them.”

Mulligan estimated Friday that thousands of the balls had rolled up on the lakeshore.

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According to the Weather Service, ice balls form when temperatures are just below freezing along shallow beaches. A layer of floating slush is sculpted by waves into spheres.

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Large ice balls can be seen in the water offshore at Holland State Park in Michigan on Friday. (Holland State Park/Michigan Department of Natural Resources)

“These balls of ice then wash up on the beach by the thousands and freeze solid,” the Weather Service said.

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According to the National Severe Storms Laboratory, the “lake effect” phenomenon can happen when cold air moves over a lake’s warmer water and heavy snow falls on the shore.

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A graphic depicting how lake effect snow forms. (National Weather Sevice)

“As a cold, dry air mass moves over the Great Lakes region the air picks up lots of moisture from the Great Lakes,” according to the NSSL. “This air, now full of water, dumps the water as snow in areas generally to the south and east of the lakes.”

Between late fall and into winter, lake effect snow occurs in the Great Lakes region when frigid air, often from Canada, moves in.

The dangerously cold air mass that caused the ice balls to form Friday was expected to give way to more moderate temperatures over the weekend in the Midwest. The cold blast caused schools to be closed and had a deadly impact on the region.

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Cold temperatures turned the fountain in front of the Southern Illinois University, Student Services Building into a partial ice sculpture, Friday morning, Feb. 14, 2020, in Carbondale, Ill. (Byron Hetzler/The Southern Illinoisan via AP)

The Milwaukee County medical examiner’s office was investigating the death of a 73-year-old woman who was found in her unheated Milwaukee home.

The woman’s body temperature had dropped to less than 40 degrees. The electricity was working, but the heat was either turned off or malfunctioning, according to the medical examiner’s office. An autopsy was scheduled for Monday.

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In Omaha, Nebraska, the death of an 80-year-old man was being investigated as possibly related to the cold. Police found Robert Freymuller’s body on Thursday near the assisted-living center where he lived. Police said he was not dressed appropriately for temperatures that plunged to minus-26 degrees with the wind chill.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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What is Daylight Saving Time?

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In the coming weeks, many Americans will continue the annual exercise of setting their clocks forward an hour in the name of daylight saving time.

They will set their clocks ahead an hour at 2 .a.m. on March 8, giving them an extra hour of daylight through Nov. 1.

The vast majority of the state participate in the rolling back of clocks. However, Hawaii, most of Arizona and the U.S. territories of Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa and the Virgin Islands do not.

Daylight saving time was created by Congress in 1918 as “a way of conserving fuel needed for war industries and of extending the working day,” according to the Library of Congress. It was repealed after World War I was over.

The issue remerged during World War II and Congress established it yet again in 1942.

In an effort to make daylight saving time permanent throughout the year, Republican Florida Sens. Marco Rubio and Rick Scott introduced the Sunshine Protection Act last year, which has languished in Congress with no real progress.

“It makes absolutely no sense, there’s no justification for it,” Rubio said in a video statement in October. “It has strong support in the House and in the Senate, the White House, the president said he would sign it. I hope we can get this bill passed because I just think it makes all the sense in the world, and this changing of the clocks back and forth makes no sense at all.”

President Trump has thrown his support for making daylight saving time permanently as well.

“Making Daylight Saving Time permanent is O.K. with me!” he tweeted in March 2019.

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Some argue extending daylight saving time will disrupt sleep patterns and is harmful to one’s health. Supporters, particularly business owners, say it will save energy because people will spend more time outside.

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Antarctica temperatures reach 69 degrees for the first time ever, scientists say

Temperatures in Antarctica were hotter than 68 degrees Fahrenheit for the first time ever last Sunday.

Researchers recorded a high of 69.35 on an island off the coast of the continent, which they described as “incredible and abnormal.”

“We are seeing the warming trend in many of the sites we are monitoring, but we have never seen anything like this,” said Brazilian scientist Carlos Schaefer, according to the BBC.

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It was nearly two degrees higher than the previous record of 67.64 degrees set 37 years ago.

The reading was taken at a monitoring station on Seymour Island, which is part of a chain of the islands on the Antarctica Peninsula — the northernmost part of the continent.

Schaefer said the reading was a single data point, so they’re not able to determine if it’s a trend that will continue in the future.

“We can’t use this to anticipate climatic changes in the future. It’s a data point,” Schaefer said, according to the television network. “It’s simply a signal that something different is happening in that area.”

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Antarctica also experienced record heat last week, recording a temperature of nearly 65 degrees on the continent’s northernmost peninsula.

Scientists at Terrantar, a government project that monitors climate change on the continent, said the record temperatures are most likely attributed to changes in ocean currents.

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“We have climatic changes in the atmosphere, which is closely related to changes in permafrost and the ocean,” they said, according to the Guardian.

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Australia wildfires ‘contained’ in New South Wales for first time in ‘exhausting’ fire season

After months of battling wildfires that scorched thousands of homes and created mass evacuations in eastern Australia, officials announced Thursday that all the blazes in the New South Wales state are considered contained after recent rains.

New South Wales Rural Fire Service‘s deputy commissioner Rob Rogers said in a video posted Twitter that while there is still some fire activity in the southern part of the state, emergency workers can now focus on “helping people rebuild.”

“After what’s been a truly devastating fire season for both firefighters and residents, who’ve suffered so much this season, all fires are now contained in New South Wales,” Rogers said.

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Rogers said all fires are contained, meaning that a perimeter has been established around the blazes to prevent additional spread.

The fire service said while “substantial rain” has recently fallen in some areas, firefighters continue to work on 24 bush and grass fires.

“The main focus now for crews is to locate and extinguish any remaining hotspots,” RFS said.

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In all, Australia’s wildfires killed at least 33 people and destroyed more than 3,000 homes. The fires began causing widespread destruction toward the end of 2019, which was both the hottest and driest year in Australia’s recorded history, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

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Recent rains have helped drenched deadly wildfires in Australia. (NSW RFS)

During the deluge over recent days, coastal areas have experienced some of the heaviest rainfalls, which has caused flash flooding in some places.

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Sydney, the central coast and the Blue Mountains received up to 16 inches since last Friday, representing some of the heaviest falls in decades.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Blizzard conditions in Midwest, winter weather alerts from Oklahoma to Maine ahead of Arctic blast

Winter is making an abrupt return that will see some of the coldest air this season across parts of the Midwest and Northeast for the end of the week.

The National Weather Service said a strong storm system threatening heavy rain and flooding across the South is also bringing the threat of accumulating snow from the Midwest to the interior Northeast.

Blizzard conditions were reported Wednesday across parts of the Dakotas and into Minnesota, with winds gusting as high as 45 to 55 mph. In addition to blizzard conditions, the NWS said “a long stretch” of winter weather advisories stretch from Oklahoma to Maine.

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A narrow band of light wintry precipitation is forecast to fall in those areas, according to Fox News senior meteorologist Janice Dean.

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A light band of wintry precipitation is forecast to impact parts of the Midwest and interior Northeast. (Fox News)

“In general, for a band of 2-5 inches of snow along with some freezing drizzle,” the NWS said.

The storm system was creating travel headaches along the central and southern Red River Valley on Wednesday. In North Dakota, the state’s Department of Transportation said Interstate 29 was closed from the South Dakota border to the Canadian border due to blizzard conditions.

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Whiteout conditions and accidents were reported Wednesday in North Dakota as a storm system brought blizzard conditions to parts of the state. (North Dakota Highway Patrol)

The North Dakota Highway Patrol urged motorists to delay traveling to later in the day after multiple incidents were reported of vehicles losing sight and crashing into the ditches on state highways.

“The storm will blow over later today,” the highway patrol tweeted. “Don’t travel until then.”

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The Minnesota State Patrol said that a no-travel advisory was posted in the northwest part of the state and some roads were closed due to several crashes.

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Multiple crashes were reported in northwest Minnesota as blizzard conditions slammed the region. (Minnesota State Patrol)

Another video by the state patrol showed blowing snow as troopers responded to several accidents.

“Troopers are responding to several vehicles that have slid off the road — high winds & blowing snow causing whiteout conditions,” MSP Public Information Officer Sgt. Jesse Grabow tweeted. “The only reason we can see anything here is due to the shelter belt along the highway.”

At least 37 schools across Minnesota are closed Wednesday morning due to the weather, FOX9 reported.

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The blizzard conditions are due to an Arctic air mass surging from the Northern Plains and Upper Mississippi Valley that will cause temperatures to drop 10 to 20 degrees below average, according to the NWS’ Weather Prediction Center.

“Temperatures behind the Arctic cold front will expand across the Upper Midwest and into the Western Great Lakes by the end of the forecast period (Thursday night) with similar 10-20 degree below average values expected,” the WPC said.

Temperatures may not reach above 0 degrees on Thursday in parts of Minnesota and the Dakotas, while single-digits will be expected in places such as Minneapolis. By Friday, the Arctic air mass will head east into the Northeast, with temperatures in the major cities dropping into the teens by Friday night.

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