Published: Fri, December 28, 2018
Science | By Patricia Jimenez

Weather Authority: Sloppy road conditions on Thursday

Weather Authority: Sloppy road conditions on Thursday

A massive amount of wet snow could make returning home for those who spent Christmas away both complicated and more than a little risky.

A major snowstorm is headed our way beginning Wednesday evening for much of Minnesota. Marie to North Bay will likely see several centimetres of snow before precipitation changes to rain Thursday night.

As much as 5 inches of rain are possible along the central Gulf Coast, while as much as 1 foot of snow could fall in the northern US over the next three days. Snow of 3-5 inches was anticipated overnight Wednesday and another 3-5 inches is possible during the day Thursday. Travel is expected to be hard due to slippery and snow covered roadways.

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The section of the storm that was prompting a blizzard warning covered the eastern half of each of the Dakotas as of Thursday morning, as well as parts of Kansas and Nebraska.

Brickman says snow should taper off by Friday morning.

"It's a pretty high-fluff snow", Riddle said about the early snowfall Wednesday night.

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The rain will potentially reach as far north as St. Cloud and Hinckley before dancing around north of the metro through Thursday afternoon. In Wadena County, the snow accumulation may range from 5-12 inches with wind gusts as high as 40 miles per hour. Colder weather returns over the weekend with temperatures topping out in the mid-20s on Saturday. It's going to be a warm night with temps in the mid- to upper 40s!

Passengers flying United Airlines on December 26 and 27 will be able to reschedule flights through December 30. 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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