Storm closes schools, causes slippery driving
Slippery roads have caused schools in the area to close and drivers to reduce speeds Friday morning. A winter storm warning remains in effect.
Wadena-Deer Creek schools were closed for the day, as were several other area schools.
The National Weather Service in Grand Forks issued the following forecast for Friday: "Snow. High near 31. Blustery, with a north northeast wind around 26 mph, with gusts as high as 37 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent. Total daytime snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible."
The forecast for Friday night by the NWS was as follows: "Snow, mainly before 7pm. Low around 28. Blustery, with a north wind between 17 and 25 mph, with gusts as high as 36 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible."
Sgt. Andrew Schmit of the Minnesota State Patrol issued this statement Friday morning: "State highways in the Detroit Lakes district of the MN State Patrol are snow packed and slippery. Caution if traveling is advised. Drivers need to allow for extra time to reach their destination and understand that conditions are such that at best it can only be described as 'poor' driving conditions. Farther to east the Brainerd district is now advising no travel unless necessary so the eastern areas of the Detroit Lakes district (Wadena, Todd and parts of Otter Tail Counties) may see even worse conditions as more snow is expected in those areas today."