On Monday, the storm system was still off the coast of North America, making it hard to size up. The snow will make it to the metro after sunset, likely after most, if not all, of the evening rush.
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.
Rain showers will be fairly scattered in nature overnight, and temperatures will hold steady in the upper 30s.
Sustained winds of 15-30 miles per hour with gusts ranging between 40 and 60 miles per hour are anticipated in part of the snowfall area.
Gusty winds may cause blowing and drifting mainly through Thursday night but also extending into Friday.
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Travel conditions will depend upon whether the wind has kept crews from clearing roads.
Due to the winter weather conditions, City of Kearney offices, Kearney Public Library and Peterson Senior Center will be closed on Thursday, December 27, 2018.
Between today and Thursday, the storm could also dump up to 18 inches of snow in South Dakota and west-central Minnesota. Speicher said once wind gusts reach full force driving will become incredibly hard. With the month almost over, just three days had temperatures below normal and even then the overnight low did not drop below zero.
This year, Christmas Day had temperatures change little from the daytime high of 26 degrees to the overnight low of 22 degrees. Typical highs for the last weeks of the year are in the low 20s.
Get push notifications with news, features and more. This is the second winter weather system of the season that is producing precipitation amounts nearly unheard of for this time of year.