Winter storm creates hard travel conditions

Winter storm creates hard travel conditions

"Plunging temperatures on the back side of the storm can also cause wet or slushy areas to freeze and further make conditions slippery and treacherous for motorists and those traveling by foot", according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski.

Area residents heading out Thursday morning should be prepared to deal with slick roads, strong winds and in some places a blast of snow as part of a weather system that may even be packing some thunder.

For as much snow as northern Minnesota received, North Dakota residents and those in the Red River Valley were told to expect potential blizzard conditions. There is also a risk of a few hours of freezing rain during the transition from snow to rain. A mix of rain and snow is still possible, with light snow Thursday night.

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

Although there was a hefty snowfall in Bemidji on Thursday, most of the state saw at least some sort of inclement weather as as winter storm moved its way east out of North and South Dakota.

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A major Winter storm will affect the regions Wednesday night through Friday with heavy snow and blowing snow. With the month almost over, just three days had temperatures below normal and even then the overnight low did not drop below zero. By Saturday, the high may be 10 degrees with wind chills in the morning in the 20 below range or colder.

Once the fog lifts, Christmas will be the best day for traveling this week. Cold weather settles in, with highs in the 20s and overnight lows in the teens and single digits.

Today's storm is expected to wrap up in the late afternoon or early evening, Mangels said.

The good news is southeast Nebraska and most of Iowa are likely to see mostly rain.

It's been a record year for precipitation in Nebrska-and that looks to continue through the New Year.