Weather Authority: Sloppy road conditions on Thursday

Pat Wise
December 28, 2018

The official snow tally at Duluth International Airport was 5.1 inches at noon Thursday.

Check road conditions across the state at KanDrive.org. Snow moves into Denver and the Front Range overnight into Monday morning as temperatures drop.

Gusty winds may cause blowing and drifting mainly through Thursday night but also extending into Friday.

"Then there will be quite a bit of rain in the afternoon and evening, maybe a half-inch before it switches back over to snow", Adams said.

North and west of the metro, snow will be heavy at times, which could make travel near impossible at some points during the day Thursday and early Friday.

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. The very cold air could return next week as well.

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Statewide, northwest winds are expected to gust in excess of 30 miles per hour.

Ranchers in western Nebraska already have been warned to prepare for the worst type of weather for cattle: cold rains followed by heavy, wet snow, plummeting temperatures and rising winds.

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

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.

However, staying off the roads during the storm is not only the safest option but will also allow snow removal crews to work as efficiently as possible.

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