Much colder weather will dominate on Thursday and Friday.
According to meteorologist Matt Brickman, the winter storm that began on Wednesday has dumped several inches of snow on major parts of northern and western Minnesota.
Winter Storm watches may be issued for this event and this statement will be updated as new information becomes available.
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More than 7 inches has been reported by WCCO Weather Watchers in northwestern cities like Underwood and Ottertail.
"It's a pretty high-fluff snow", Riddle said about the early snowfall Wednesday night. 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.
It will be a colder day with highs reaching about 30 degrees with a nasty north wind of 15-30 miles per hour.
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There is also the possibility of the snow being mixed with rain, which could also turn into light freezing drizzle. Then as the storm moves out of the area Friday, and rain will turn back to some lingering snow with some minor accumulation in spots by the end of the day.
Sustained winds of 15-30 miles per hour with gusts ranging between 40 and 60 miles per hour are anticipated in part of the snowfall area.
Areas farther north, including Gogama, Kirkland Lake and Earlton will likely remain all snow Thursday night with significant accumulations of 10 to 20 cm possible. Morning highs will will be in the 40s before falling in the low-30s by late afternoon.
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As for GO Transit, Christmas Eve will see some lines run on an early homebound schedule. Most stores are open Christmas Day , though services and hours might be limited.
A big storm is now entering the upper Midwest with plenty of moisture and seasonably warm air.
During winter storms, the city of Mitchell requires vehicles to be removed from Emergency Snow Routes when the city receives 2 inches or more of snow.
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