Storm whips up blizzards, dumps snow in Dakotas, Minnesota

Hugh Fox
December 28, 2018

Winter storm warnings deal more with the amount of snow either falling or expected to fall.

UPS said it will not be picking up dropping off packages in storm-affected areas of Kansas on Thursday.

Minneapolis will get rain first but it could transition into snow with a few inches in the forecast.

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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. Most of Minnesota should be in the clear by the afternoon, and snow could linger across northwest Wisconsin and the UP through Friday evening. Wind gusts in the Albuquerque metro area and Santa Fe are expected to reach up to 60 miles per hour causing blowing snow and whiteout conditions. There is an elevated risk of becoming stranded for an extended period in this storm.

Unsafe conditions are expected across the western and central parts of the state, with the National Weather Service predicting up to a foot of snow in some areas. Expect extensive blowing and drifting of snow. "Overnight Thursday, snow will start over parts of Northern New England, ending by Friday evening", according to the short-range forecast from the Weather Prediction Center.

Temperatures in Mid-Michigan will tumble through the day on Friday from the 50s in the morning into the 30s by the late afternoon.

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There is a slight chance for a snow shower on Friday across the Front Range and a 2-6 inches of snow south of Interstate 70 in the mountains on Thursday night into Friday. Highs will top out in the low-40s, but the temps will oddly continue to rise as we head through the night.

Actual air temperatures were dangerously cold, but wind chills were even worse. By Christmas Day previous year, the high topped out at 6 below and went colder-to 16 degrees below overnight.

This year, Christmas Day had temperatures change little from the daytime high of 26 degrees to the overnight low of 22 degrees.

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