Expect freezing rain, snow Wednesday night into Thursday

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Sunny skies and highs in the 50s are expected to return Thursday right through the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Monday.

The forecast for Thursday and Friday calls for an average high temperature of 58 degrees with cloudy skies and a 50 percent chance of rain both days, the weather service said. South winds 5-10 miles per hour. It said accumulations are expected to be minor through Friday afternoon, with a few inches of snow possible, especially along and southeast of US 24. Northeast wind around 5 miles per hour. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 41.

The Bemidji area could see between 3 to 5 inches of new snow Wednesday night into Thursday, according to the National Weather Service office in Grand Forks, N.D., which oversees the Bemidji region.

But from there, the probability decreases to 30 percent for precipitation and the area will head back into sunny weather. South southeast wind 3 to 8 miles per hour. Southeast wind around 10 miles per hour, with gusts as high as 15 miles per hour. High near 61. Chance of precipitation is 90 percent. Partly sunny, with a high near 44. A better chance for rain will develop for Friday, with rain transitioning to a wintry mix Friday night and to snow for Saturday.

Thursday: A 40 percent chance of showers.

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The stronger storm system will affect the area Friday night into Saturday, the weather service said. Low: 16. Day: Cloudy with a 70 percent chance for rain with around one-quarter inch possible.

Friday night - Rain and snow likely, becoming all snow after 11 p.m.

Day, partly sunny, with a high near 17. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29.

Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 24. North to northeast winds 10-15 miles per hour. Cloudy, with a high near 55. Saturday night, a chance of snow showers.

Sunday night, the low will be around 10, according to the weather service.