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Fluctuating Temperatures Could Bring Strong Winds

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It would be difficult to surpass the wind we got just over a week ago, which basically shut the state down. However, we got more wind this morning, just not as strong. It shouldn't get that bad but don't expect all the wind to go away.

Last week wind gusts reached 75 miles per hour in some parts of the state, causing destruction.

In Mandan a roof blew off an apartment complex, forcing residents out of their homes. While it wasn't as bad this morning, the day did start off a little more breezy than normal.

"These storm systems are more active riding on the edge of an arctic air mass, not deeply entrenched. So storms have a tendency to follow the edge of really cold air and we've been on the edge the past couple of weeks. That's why it's been so windy," says Kevin Lawrence.

This type of weather that is more typically seen in March or April, rather than January, but it isn't going away.

"We're kinda teetering on the edge of this arctic boundary. For instance now we're deeply entrenched again. So temps have been dropping but we're kind of fluctuating. We're teetering back and forth on that boundary all week. So we can expect more windy periods probably indefinitely," says Lawrence.

The strong, damaging winds we saw last week are less likely, but it could happen.

"That was kind of an atypical event. We don't typically get that windy more than maybe once a year. But given the pattern it could happen. It's always a possibility," says Lawrence. 

But one thing that is coming back, the colder arctic air, so we can expect that it will be colder than it was last week.

The Department of Transportation has issued a Travel Alert for Southeastern region of the state due to blowing snow causing reduced visibility and areas with near zero visibility. Cities included in the Travel Alert are Fargo, Wahpeton and surrounding areas.

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