Winter weather advisory for Cascades through Thursday

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Travel, the weather service advises, will be hard.

Snow is expected to come down heavily after midnight Wednesday while many people no doubt are snug in their beds, perhaps still dreaming of Christmas. The winter storm warning is in effect until noon Friday.

There is also the possibility of the snow being mixed with rain, which could also turn into light freezing drizzle. Wind gusts will be commonly in excess of 40 miles per hour.

A Kansas Highway Patrol trooper on Twitter said the fatality crash occurred by Oakley on I-70 near mile post 75, which is just east of Colby and west of WaKeeney.

Up to 11 inches (28 centimeters) of snow had fallen in the Moorhead-Alexandria area of western Minnesota by mid-afternoon Thursday, and it was still snowing, said meteorologist Tyler Hasenstein of the Twin Cities National Weather Service. Around the Red River Valley, Speicher said there was about 4-8 inches of snow that gathered overnight.

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To the north, an additional 6 to 12 inches of snow is possible in the Plains and northern Great Lakes.

Temperatures in Mid-Michigan will tumble through the day on Friday from the 50s in the morning into the 30s by the late afternoon. Expect extensive blowing and drifting of snow. 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.

By Thursday night, however, temperatures will start to fall and all rain that fell through the day will freeze which could lead to some treacherous travel for at least the first part of Friday. It's going to be a warm night with temps in the mid- to upper 40s!

For those still digging out, Sunday could provide a high of 27 degrees beneath partly cloudy skies before colder conditions return for year's end.

It's been a record year for precipitation in Nebrska-and that looks to continue through the New Year. However, AccuWeather RealFeel® Temperatures will plunge to life-threatening levels (below zero) in many cases.