Published: Thu, December 27, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Winter storm heading east, could snarl travel

Winter storm heading east, could snarl travel

As much as three-quarters of an inch of rain could fall by Thursday night with the precipitation turning back to snow overnight and into Friday, when previously mild temperatures will plummet - bottoming out at 4 degrees early Saturday.

The snow will come to an end by late Friday, and we will have some sunshine to look forward to over the weekend. Light snow will spread in this afternoon and evening.

Due to the heavy accumulating snowfall, a Winter Storm Warning remains in effect from tonight into Friday afternoon for all of northeast Minnesota, Douglas and Bayfield Counties.

According to Edwards' forecast, the heaviest snowfall will affect central Nebraska as the storm moves from there through eastern South Dakota and into central Minnesota. However, it will be short-lived, as the snow will transition to rain from south to north overnight.

There could be a risk of ice forming for those in the advisory area as the storm rotates around and temperatures drop.

Wind will not be a huge factor, Hasenstein said.

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Gov. Jeff Colyer has issued a State of Disaster Emergency declaration for in response to the winter storm that will be impacting parts of western Kansas.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is also getting ready for the storm. Widespread blowing snow will significantly reduce visibility. If roads are packed with snow, drivers should stay put.

Homeowners also need to be safe if using space heaters, including not leaving them unattended or having them on while sleeping.

Benson said the key moving forward into next year is for Utah to continue to get storms like these every few days to steadily add to the snowpack accumulation season.

"Highs in the single digits", Hasenstein said, with wind from the northwest.

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