Winter storm creates hard travel conditions

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Severe storms will move through Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama by 7 p.m. on Thursday. Most of Minnesota should be in the clear by the afternoon, and snow could linger across northwest Wisconsin and the UP through Friday evening.

Risky conditions are expected across the western and central parts of the state, with the National Weather Service predicting up to a foot of snow in some areas. Rain and possibly snow move in Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. Strong northeasterly winds with gusts to 60 km/h may reduce visibility at times.

Additional rainfall from Thursday through Saturday could amount to 3 to 5 inches of rain along the Gulf Coast.

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

A winter weather advisory has been issued for the central and south Cascades through Thursday morning. Speicher said once wind gusts reach full force driving will become incredibly hard.

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Overnight, temperatures will plummet to the single digits and low teens across the metro-area. By early tomorrow morning, winds will transition direction so they are coming in from the north.

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

For those still digging out, Sunday could provide a high of 27 degrees beneath partly cloudy skies before colder conditions return for year's end. Highs will only be in the low 30s today in Denver, with low 20s tomorrow. Even as the winter storm approaches, temperatures are expected to continue to be relatively mild until the final hours of the year.

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It will be a colder day with highs reaching about 30 degrees with a nasty north wind of 15-30 miles per hour.