A Severe Winter Storm Is Already Affecting Flights After Christmas

Worst of winter storm to hit well north of Mankato

Patchy blowing snow is forecast from 10 p.m. Thursday to 3 a.m. Friday with a north wind of 15 to 20 miles per hour and gusts as high as 30 miles per hour.

Check road conditions across the state at KanDrive.org.

Temperatures are forecast to plunge as the storm progresses in the heavy snow area on north and west. The added moisture and "heat" will give at least half of the viewing area, including the metro, precipitation-type issues from moving from snow to rain. Overnight lows remained more than 20 below as 2017 drew to a close with daytime highs not rising above zero (think 5-8 degrees below zero in fact) and 7 inches of snow on the ground. Overnight, the rain is expected to shift over to snow.

The large snowfall totals, couple with increasing winds, made for unsafe travel conditions and kept snowplows busy throughout the day. On Monday, the storm system was still off the coast of North America, making it hard to size up.

Areas farther east were expected to get less of the white stuff, with 1-3 inches predicted. Even folks who stay at home could be affected if the wind causes power outages.

Once the fog lifts, Christmas will be the best day for traveling this week.

There is also the possibility of the snow being mixed with rain, which could also turn into light freezing drizzle. The very cold air could return next week as well.

According to Edwards' forecast, the heaviest snowfall will affect central Nebraska as the storm moves from there through eastern South Dakota and into central Minnesota. More than 12 inches is expected for high terrain parts of the North Shore.

Statewide, northwest winds are expected to gust in excess of 30 miles per hour. This change in direction will begin to drop temperatures, and we'll fall into the 20s for most of the area by late tomorrow morning.

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