Winter weather advisory for Cascades through Thursday

Winter weather advisory for Cascades through Thursday

Winter weather advisory for Cascades through Thursday

That was how the National Weather Service forecaster in Chanhassen began Tuesday afternoon's detailed discussion of the weather outlook. Both the Thursday evening and Friday morning commute could be hard, the weather service is reporting.

A major winter storm this week could cause havoc for millions of people traveling through the Plains and the Midwest as New Year's approaches.

More than 7 inches has been reported by WCCO Weather Watchers in northwestern cities like Underwood and Ottertail. The snow will become lighter Friday and taper off west to east. Friday, our highs will only be in the low 20s.

Whether it's snow, a wintry mix, or freezing rain, gusty winds will reduce visibility, and roads will be messy, so travel will be poor across the Northland through Thursday.

Cold wind chill values are also expected with the passage of the cold front on Friday or Friday night.

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Lincoln and Omaha, look to remain mainly free of snow, with rain and very little snow accumulation, but may be affected by fog.

There is a slight chance for a snow shower on Friday across the Front Range and a 2-6 inches of snow south of Interstate 70 in the mountains on Thursday night into Friday.

The rain will potentially reach as far north as St. Cloud and Hinckley before dancing around north of the metro through Thursday afternoon.

In 2017, after a high of 19 degrees on Christmas Eve, cold air arrived in earnest. Kalin says it could deliver more than eight inches of snow to some locations. Even as the winter storm approaches, temperatures are expected to continue to be relatively mild until the final hours of the year.

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