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Messy, wintry weather continues today and sticks around for the weekend

Our weather seems to be getting messier by the hour and it looks like this sloppy, wintry mess is going to continue for another couple of days. As we keep watching a large storm system coming in from the southwest that will bring major impacts for the weekend, we’re first dealing with a disturbance ahead of the main system that will bring some rough weather for our Friday evening. Freezing rain, drizzle, and snow will be possible for many locations late in the afternoon and early evening as temperatures hover near the freezing mark. The bottom line for today is: be prepared for anything as slick roads are almost a given.

Snow will develop late this evening and continue through the night with an inch or two of accumulation possible just before the main body of that storm system moves in. Winds will become much stronger tonight, occasionally reaching 30 miles per hour while temperatures hover just below freezing until late in the night when they’ll begin to climb toward the mid 30s.

After a brief icy mixture early Saturday morning, we’ll warm to the upper 30s by midday and afternoon and light rain will be the form of precipitation. Gusty southeast winds will make it feel a bit colder than the upper 30s with gusts in the 35 mile per hour range.

As the storm system begins to move away to the east, our rain will slowly change to snow late Saturday night. Very little accumulation is expected in the night, but an inch or two will be possible during the day Sunday with temperatures still nearly steady in the lower 30s. Much heavier snowfall is expected just north of us in the Twin Cities area where six inches or more are expected. In northern portions of Minnesota and Wisconsin up to a foot of accumulation is possible including St. Clouds, Duluth, Brainerd, and Hayward. Northwest winds will gust to 30 miles per hour during the day, possibly causing some blowing snow all across the region.

The massive storm system will finally release its grip on our area Sunday night and our pattern will then become blissfully quiet for the upcoming week. Look for sunshine each day with high temperatures in the upper 30s to lower 30s for the first week of December.

Ted Schmidt

Morning and Noon Meteorologist

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