A snow band is forming in southeastern North Dakota and into western Minnesota and is expected to continue southeastward.
Much colder weather will dominate on Thursday and Friday.
As much as 5 inches of rain are possible along the central Gulf Coast, while as much as 1 foot of snow could fall in the northern USA over the next three days. The storm system, named Winter Storm Eboni, reaches from western Kansas toward upper MI and Minnesota, The Weather Channel reported. Another storm system coming from the Pacific Northwest was expected to move down to the Southwest and Great Basin area by Friday, causing heavy rain and snow there as well, according to the NWS.
There is high confidence in at least 8 inches of snow across Northeast Minnesota and the South Shore.
The weather service said an estimated 18 inches of snow had fallen by early Thursday afternoon near Finland on Minnesota's North Shore. A mix of rain and snow is still possible, with light snow Thursday night. There is an elevated risk of becoming stranded for an extended period in this storm. By Christmas Day a year ago, the high topped out at 6 below and went colder-to 16 degrees below overnight. 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.
A Colorado low that is tracking toward Ontario will bring a mixed bag of weather to northeastern Ontario this afternoon into Friday. Colder weather returns over the weekend with temperatures topping out in the mid-20s on Saturday.
This year, Christmas Day had temperatures change little from the daytime high of 26 degrees to the overnight low of 22 degrees. While temperatures will be above freezing and rain will be falling, the ground remains frozen with none of this moisture getting soaked in, so ponding of water on roads and low spots is likely along with the scattered slick spots.
It will be a colder day with highs reaching about 30 degrees with a nasty north wind of 15-30 miles per hour.