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Wednesday's Area Weather: Snowstorms on way in southern areas

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It certainly looks a lot more like the Christmas season these days with the snow on the ground. Our first significant snowfall will push through the state beginning Tuesday. Southern Minnesota will take the brunt of this snowstorm. Some spots could pick-up more than a foot of snow!

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The winds will also be a problem as a strong pressure gradient will push through the Upper Midwest. An area of low pressure pushed out of the Rockies and into the Central Plain states early in the week. Winds in excess of 30 mph were reported across portions of the state, creating near white-out conditions.

Drier air should return by Thursday and Friday with highs only in the teens. Wind chill values will stay below zero through Friday. We should begin to moderate with our temperatures by Sunday and Monday. If you are planning on doing some traveling make sure that you have your cell phone with you and take along a winter survival kit. Southern Minnesota could be very difficult to travel across on Wednesday. For road reports this season you may also call 511! Be smart and stay safe.

WEATHER HISTORY

In 2003 a "significant snowstorm" pushed through the state with heavy snow of between 6 to 10 inches falling from Southwestern Minnesota to the Twin Cities Metro area. Winds were clocked across the state at between 25 to 30 mph. Although some parts of far South Central Minnesota only picked up 4 to 6 inches of snow, winds in this area were stronger and created near-blizzard conditions. Ten inches of snow were recorded at Lamberton, Springfield and Gaylord!

WEATHER FACTS

Blizzard warnings are issues by the National Weather Service when heavy snow is reported with sustained or frequent winds of 35 mph or higher with considerable falling and/or snowing snow that frequently reduces visibility to 1/4 of a mile or less.

MINNESOTA AT A GLANCE:

Moorhead...Low -6 ...High 2

Duluth...Low 10... High 13

Morris...Low -3...High 3

Twin Cities...Low 10...High 13

Rochester...Low 11...High 13

Marshall...Low...0...High 3

WEDNESDAY

Mostly cloudy to cloudy and windy, with a chance of snow. High 3 Low -7Winds: NW 15-30 mph Prec. Trace-.10"

Wednesday's sunrise: 7:52 am Today's sunset: 4:36 p.m.

Normal High: 24 Normal Low: 9

A strong area of low pressure will push across the region on Wednesday and will bring near blizzard conditions across southern Minnesota.

OUTLOOK

*Thursday: Partly to mostly cloudy and breezy, chance of flurries early. High 2 Low -6 Winds: N 10-20 mph Prec. Trace

*Friday: Partly cloudy and still cold. High 3 Low -6 Winds: NE 10-15 mph Prec. None

*Saturday: Partly cloudy. High 6 Low 0 Winds: E 5-15 mph Prec. None

*Sunday: Variable cloudiness, chance of flurries. High 15 Low 0 Winds: SE 5-15 mph Prec. Trace.

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