Worst of winter storm to hit well north of Mankato

Muriel Hammond
December 28, 2018

Rain was expected to change to a wintry mix or snow in the Lexington-to-Ord area sometime around 2 a.m.

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

A large winter storm coming on the heels of Christmas is expected to bring snow to Nebraska, the Dakotas and Minnesota this week.

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.

By Thursday night, however, temperatures will start to fall and all rain that fell through the day will freeze which could lead to some treacherous travel for at least the first part of Friday. Wind gusts of up to 50 miles per hour also are possible, creating whiteout conditions.

According to meteorologist Matt Brickman, the winter storm that began on Wednesday has dumped several inches of snow on major parts of northern and western Minnesota. With the month almost over, just three days had temperatures below normal and even then the overnight low did not drop below zero. Typical highs for the last weeks of the year are in the low 20s.

Areas farther east were expected to get less of the white stuff, with 1-3 inches predicted.

Rain and snow broke out across the central and southern Plains on Wednesday and ramped up Wednesday night in the Upper Midwest.

The storm system is traversing the US from the southwest to the northeast, and where it bisects Nebraska, along with the timing of the descending cold air, will determine how badly the state is hit.

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

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