Winter weather advisory for Cascades through Thursday

Worst of winter storm to hit well north of Mankato

The storm already left more than a foot of snow in the Sierras on Christmas Eve. Snowfall is forecast to continue throughout Thursday.

The system causing the stormy and wintery conditions was named winter storm Eboni by the Weather Channel and was making its way east.

More than 7 inches has been reported by WCCO Weather Watchers in northwestern cities like Underwood and Ottertail.

The National Weather Service office in Grand Forks, which oversees the Bemidji area, hosted a presentation Wednesday afternoon about the impact of the coming snowstorm, which is expected to hit Wednesday night into Thursday.

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"The chance of scattered snow showers will continue throughout the day tomorrow, with trace amounts to 1" of snow expected to fall. In Wadena County, the snow accumulation may range from 5-12 inches with wind gusts as high as 40 miles per hour. A winter storm warning may be required for these regions later.

Ellis County is in a Winter Weather Advisory with 2-5 inches of snow predicted. He says the weather service wants people to monitor the forecast and adjust their travel plans as needed.

The rain will potentially reach as far north as St. Cloud and Hinckley before dancing around north of the metro through Thursday afternoon. Patchy blowing snow is forecast from 10 p.m. Thursday to 3 a.m. Friday with a north wind of 15 to 20 miles per hour and gusts as high as 30 miles per hour. The heavy snow and high-powered winds "could create very unsafe travel conditions", Edwards says, with some areas experiencing near-blizzard conditions and winds between 20 and 30 miles per hour.

A weaker storm will swirl across southwestern Colorado Thursday night and Friday and bring five to 10 inches of snow to the central and southwest mountains.

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