Freezing rain chances greatly diminished

Milder air has pentetrated Minnesota this evening. Not only have temperatures climbed into the middle thirties over the southern half of the state, but dew points have increased as well. This will result in the potential for dense fog.

As a trough of low pressure sets up over far western Minnesota overnight and Thursday a large portion of the state will stay on the mild side of this system. A light rain is likely for southeast Minnesota.

Accumulating snowfall is still in the forecast for far northwest Minnesota into Thursday afternoon. A band of mixed rain and snow is possible from about Granite Falls to Hibbing.

The second system on Friday remains a work in progress. A band of heavy snow is likely to set up in west central Minnesota and expand east and northeast during the afternoon and evening.

An icy blast of arctic air is in the offing to begin the New Year.

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From HRRR model valid at 8AM CST. Note temperatures well into the 30s for all but far northwest Minnesota. Winds are indicated in knots.

CE

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