Winter storm heading east, could snarl travel

Winter storm heading east, could snarl travel

The Minnesota State Patrol reported that between 6 p.m. Wednesday and 8 a.m. Thursday there were 270 crashes with 20 causing injury, 270 vehicle spinouts and eight jackknifed semis statewide.

Eastern North Dakota is expected to deal with winds gusting up to 50 miles per hour, creating blizzard conditions mainly in the Red River Valley.

Areas farther east were expected to get less of the white stuff, with 1-3 inches predicted. Highs will top out in the low-40s, but the temps will oddly continue to rise as we head through the night.

This year, Christmas Day had temperatures change little from the daytime high of 26 degrees to the overnight low of 22 degrees. CNN reports that this affects about four million people, with heavy snow - up to 12 inches in some parts - wind and near-blizzard conditions expected through Friday.

Rain showers will be fairly scattered in nature overnight, and temperatures will hold steady in the upper 30s. Colder weather returns over the weekend with temperatures topping out in the mid-20s on Saturday.

With frozen ground conditions, Mangels said, much of the rain will run off into rivers and streams, which in turn could lead to minor flooding in low-lying areas and along the waterways.

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This is expected to be the worst travel day of the week. Central and western Nebraska roads could have a layer of ice beneath packed snow. Most of Minnesota should be in the clear by the afternoon, and snow could linger across northwest Wisconsin and the UP through Friday evening.

The advisory issued by the National Weather Service impacts the Cascades above 2,000 feet in Snohomish, King, Pierce and Lewis counties.

In eastern Nebraska, it's likely to be miserable: rainy, windy, cold.

The large snowfall totals, couple with increasing winds, made for unsafe travel conditions and kept snowplows busy throughout the day.

Details of this storm system are still emerging, so check the latest forecast before traveling.

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