Worst of winter storm to hit well north of Mankato

Lance Nieuwenhuis shovels snow out of his driveway in Sioux

Worst of winter storm to hit well north of Mankato

The added moisture and "heat" will give at least half of the viewing area, including the metro, precipitation-type issues from moving from snow to rain.

By 9:30 a.m. Thursday, there was approximately 8 inches of snow recorded in Bemidji.

Heavy snow and rainstorms moving through much of the United States are predicted to create risky road conditions for millions of travelers heading out after Christmas.

Areas from northeastern South Dakota to southeastern North Dakota and west-central Minnesota are expected to receive a storm total of 12-18 inches of snow.

Steve Gohde, observing program leader for the National Weather Service in Duluth, said snowfall rates could increase significantly this evening as more of the system's energy reaches the Northland and temperatures drop below freezing regionwide. The heaviest snow will end late Thursday, however blowing snow may persist through Friday afternoon.

Strong northeasterly winds with gusts to 60 kilometres per hour.

Andrew Kalin, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls, says the storm was set to start overnight Tuesday in the western Dakotas and continue today (Wednesday) into Minnesota. With the month almost over, just three days had temperatures below normal and even then the overnight low did not drop below zero.

The Twin Cities is predicted to see between 1 to 3 inches of snow by Wednesday afternoon. Highs will top out in the low-40s, but the temps will oddly continue to rise as we head through the night. The very cold air could return next week as well.

Once the fog lifts, Christmas will be the best day for traveling this week. This is the second winter weather system of the season that is producing precipitation amounts nearly unheard of for this time of year.

Rain showers will be fairly scattered in nature overnight, and temperatures will hold steady in the upper 30s.

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