Rain, snow continue to wreak havoc on holiday travel

Lance Nieuwenhuis shovels snow out of his driveway in Sioux

Worst of winter storm to hit well north of Mankato

The storm system will move north and east on Thursday night, spreading snow into the northern Great Lakes and rain from Minneapolis to Chicago and into the Ohio Valley. Speicher said once wind gusts reach full force driving will become incredibly hard.

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.

A storm system playing havoc with holiday travelers returning home from vacation is moving into the Southeast on Thursday with severe storms and snow to the north.

Blustery conditions are expected to continue Friday with a north wind of 10-15 miles per hour and gusts as high as 30 miles per hour. CNN reports that this affects about four million people, with heavy snow - up to 12 inches in some parts - wind and near-blizzard conditions expected through Friday.

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Overnight, temperatures will plummet to the single digits and low teens across the metro-area.

Rapidly accumulating snow could make travel hard over some locations.

Once the storm clears out, the cold arrives. Friday, our highs will only be in the low 20s.

Travel may become hazardous from tonight into early Saturday morning. It's going to be a warm night with temps in the mid- to upper 40s!

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Passengers flying United Airlines on December 26 and 27 will be able to reschedule flights through December 30. Snow moves into Denver and the Front Range overnight into Monday morning as temperatures drop.

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

The good news is southeast Nebraska and most of Iowa are likely to see mostly rain. This is the second winter weather system of the season that is producing precipitation amounts nearly unheard of for this time of year.

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