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Rain, snow continue to wreak havoc on holiday travel

28 December 2018

Both the Thursday evening and Friday morning commute could be hard, the weather service is reporting.

Slippery road conditions are possible in those areas until the advisory expires at 4 a.m. Thursday.

Temperatures are forecast to plunge as the storm progresses in the heavy snow area on north and west. In all, the Bemidji area could see up to 15 inches of new snow because of the storm. Overnight, the rain is expected to shift over to snow.

Kalin says poor travel conditions are expected.

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

Further north, parts of Nebraska, Minnesota and South Dakota are in for at least between 1 and 3 inches of snow.

Strong northeasterly winds with gusts to 60 kilometres per hour.

The powerful storm is making travel hard Thursday with motorists on the move during this holiday week.

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This year, Christmas Day had temperatures change little from the daytime high of 26 degrees to the overnight low of 22 degrees.

They expect the low-pressure storm system to drop at least six inches of snow from northeastern Colorado to eastern North and South Dakota before sweeping through northern Minnesota and the Upper Peninsula of MI. The very cold air could return next week as well.

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.

On American Airlines, travelers scheduled to pass through North Dakota (Bismark and Fargo), South Dakota (Rapid City and Sioux Falls), Minnesota (Minneapolis-St Paul and Rochester) and La Crosse, Wisconsin can push their plans back through December 30. Morning highs will will be in the 40s before falling in the low-30s by late afternoon.

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Rain, snow continue to wreak havoc on holiday travel