The metro saw its coldest morning this winter thus far at -13, putting the area under a Winter Weather Alert on Tuesday afternoon and evening as snow marched toward the metro.
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Warmer conditions moved in slowly through the day, and snow moved in as well.
Bursts of snow, heavy at times, appeared in western Minnesota by noon before making its way into the metro in the evening hours. This will be a quick-hitting storm with the majority of the snow done by midnight; however, snow rates could top a half inch an hour at times which could drop visibility to a half mile at times, especially in open areas.
Scattered light snow showers and flurries will linger off and on right through Christmas Day. The snow will be light and fluffy, and gusty winds are expected through this evening and then again on Christmas Day, so be vigilant on the roads.
Storm totals of 2 to 4 inches will be pretty common across the metro with 1 to 5 inches falling area-wide from the Dakotas through Minnesota, northern Iowa and Wisconsin.
Tuesday evening: Bursts of heavy snow will bring 1 to 2 inches in the evening.
Tuesday overnight: As the system continues to pass, light to moderate snow will put down another 1 to 2 inches.
Christmas Day: Flurries, blowing snow in open areas expected as winds shift to the west and northwest at 15 to 25 mph.