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Dakotas brace for blizzard conditions, bitter cold

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Parts of the Dakotas are bracing for blizzard conditions followed by the coldest weather of the winter.

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The National Weather Service has posted a blizzard warning for much of North Dakota, and winter weather advisories for northern South Dakota.

Forecasters say the winter blast will bring only an inch or two of snow, but winds gusting to 50 mph will blow around the new snow and snow on the ground and make travel hazardous. North Dakota's Transportation Department has issued a travel alert for the north central part of the state, urging motorists to beware of blowing and drifting snow.

Frigid arctic air will follow on the heels of the storm, with wind chills expected to drop to as low as 60 degrees below zero Saturday night through Tuesday morning.

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