Winter storm warnings begin Wednesday across much of state

Worst of winter storm to hit well north of Mankato

Worst of winter storm to hit well north of Mankato

Blowing snow could cause significantly reduced visibility.

Much colder weather will dominate on Thursday and Friday.

"If you had plans to be on the road Thursday, consider changing your plans to be safe", the weather service stated.

For the latest road conditions, go online to www.kandrive.org or call 511.

This multi-day storm comes with a second and third punch. Snowfall is forecast to continue throughout Thursday.

A winter storm watch is in place for counties as near as Redwood and Renville. Forecasts call for ice and up to 2 to 12 inches of snow.

Sunshine will return on Saturday, but it will be a fair amount cooler.

Snow that began on Wednesday and Wednesday night will continue to pile up Thursday night in many parts of the northern Plains.

The section of the storm that was prompting a blizzard warning covered the eastern half of each of the Dakotas as of Thursday morning, as well as parts of Kansas and Nebraska.

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for the rest of northwest Wisconsin from tonight until Thursday afternoon. The storms will move eastward through San Antonio and Dallas, bringing high winds, damaging wind gusts and the potential for isolated tornadoes in the area. A north wind likely will continue on Friday between 13 and 18 miles per hour, with gusts up to 28 miles per hour. The heavy snow and high-powered winds "could create very risky travel conditions", Edwards says, with some areas experiencing near-blizzard conditions and winds between 20 and 30 miles per hour.

According to Environment Canada, a storm is expected to drop 15 to 25 centimetres of snow starting Wednesday night through Friday. "Up to 16" of snow could fall over the highest peaks. Actual temperatures will fall into the 20s, teens and single digits in some areas. The snow depth never grew past 1 inch until this storm.

It will be a colder day with highs reaching about 30 degrees with a nasty north wind of 15-30 miles per hour.

If this year felt mild for Christmas, it was, especially when compared to a year ago.

A big storm is now entering the upper Midwest with plenty of moisture and seasonably warm air. Kalin says it could deliver more than eight inches of snow to some locations. New Year's Eve promises to be blustery with a high of 21 and an overnight low of 7 below.

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