Dangerous cold, blizzards before Christmas

FOLLOWING weather warning factors:

  • 4-8 inches of fluffy snow Wednesday
  • Blizzard conditions on Thursday
  • Dangerously cold wind chills through Saturday

MINNEAPOLIS — Just as many prepare to travel to see family over the holidays, the National Weather Service is warning that potentially dangerous winter weather could make travel “impossible and life-threatening” starting Thursday.

The Twin Cities and much of Wisconsin are under a winter storm warning until noon Saturday, while northern Minnesota is under a winter weather warning.

But the biggest concern is a blizzard warning for southwest Minnesota that will be in effect for most of Thursday and Friday.

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The storm system will arrive with light snow during the Wednesday morning commute, with heavier patches of snow falling throughout the day before tapering off in the evening.

The snow shouldn’t reach the metro by about 9am and will still be falling at a pretty good clip during the evening commute. The system will finally exit Minnesota early Thursday morning.



The southern half of the state and metro area will see the most snow, with 4-8 inches expected. Northern Minnesota will likely see 2-3 inches.

Don’t get too attached to the general snow: This will be light, powdery snow that will be very easy to shovel. Thursday morning will be the perfect time to start clearing your paths and driveways.

Thursday morning will also be the best time to travel before northwesterly winds pick up between 20-40 mph.

It will be difficult to see almost anything in the whiteout conditions, especially late Thursday night. And that’s when that strong wind will combine with the cold air – creating temperatures that feel like minus -30 across the metro from Thursday night into Saturday.

The snowfall will continue on Friday. And now the strong wind is combining with the cold air to create dangerous wind chills. Expect a feel factor of 30 to 45 degrees below zero at times.

As we head into Christmas things will start to settle down and we’ll even have a warm up next week.

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