Winter weather advisory for Cascades through Thursday

Audrey Hill
December 28, 2018

This multi-day storm comes with a second and third punch.

We may have escaped a white Christmas, but hold on as we head into the week.

That snow will continue through the day Thursday. Kalin says it could deliver more than eight inches of snow to some locations.

To the north, an additional 6 to 12 inches of snow is possible in the Plains and northern Great Lakes.

The 10-inch report from a Weather Service spotter was about 12 miles northwest of Silver Bay along Lake County Highway 11, with that road almost impassable in a four-wheel-drive truck, the spotter reported.

Sunshine will return on Saturday, but it will be a fair amount cooler. Rain was expected to switch to a wintry mix, then eventually to snow around sunrise in Grand Island and in York around noon unless it quits first.

Worst of winter storm to hit well north of Mankato

The combination of increasing wind and the dry, powdery nature of the snow can create blizzard conditions at times over portions of the central High Plains to parts of the northern Plains and Upper Midwest.

"Plunging temperatures on the back side of the storm can also cause wet or slushy areas to freeze and further make conditions slippery and treacherous for motorists and those traveling by foot", according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski.

Although there was a hefty snowfall in Bemidji on Thursday, most of the state saw at least some sort of inclement weather as as winter storm moved its way east out of North and South Dakota. The National Weather Service (NWS) does not name winter storms. Gusts could reach 35 miles per hour by Thursday evening. Snow will gradually taper off on Friday.

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

A long stretch of uneventful weather in south-central Minnesota is expected to end Wednesday afternoon, but forecasters expect the worst of a looming winter storm to hit northwest of the Mankato area. "Up to 16" of snow could fall over the highest peaks.

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