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Misty and mild Friday, rounds of precipitation well into next week

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The small system which brought the burst of mixed precipitation to parts of the News 9 area Thursday morning has moved quickly away. However, there are several other systems lined up all the way to the Pacific Ocean that will parade through the Midwest keeping our weather very active into next week.

Thursday night will be partly to mostly cloudy with areas of fog possible, especially later. Be careful on the roadways and be alert for changeable conditions. Lows should reach the low 20s with light southeast winds. Friday will bring areas of fog. There could be some patchy freezing drizzle early in the morning then just some drizzle or very light rain showers in the afternoon as temperatures warm to the upper 30s north to mid 40s south. That is a good 15 degrees warmer than normal. Winds will be from the southeast to south around 10 mph.

Christmas Day (Saturday) should bring partly to mostly cloudy skies. It will be fairly comfortable by Christmas standards with lows in the mid 20s and highs from 30 north to the mid 30s south. A weak disturbance will move in from the west toward evening and could deliver some very light snow and flurries.

Sunday will be a touch cooler with lows around 14 and highs near 29. While we might see some glimmers of sunshine in the morning, the clouds will fill in as the next storm system approaches. This one will probably pack a bigger punch. We currently expect snow to sweep in Sunday evening and linger into Monday morning. It is possible that it could be mixed with sleet or freezing rain in the southern part of the area. This could bring a sizable snow accumulation of at least several inches, so plan for difficult travel. Even areas that get less snow to the south could have slippery roads with the wintry mix. The precipitation should end Monday morning with mostly cloudy and breezy conditions lingering. Highs should be around 31.

Another disturbance will roll in later Tuesday into Tuesday night with some accumulating snow and wintry mix expected. It will be breezy again with highs in the upper 20s north to mid 30s south.

There could be some lingering flurries next Wednesday morning then we should get some dry conditions Wednesday afternoon into Thursday. It will also turn colder with highs in the mid 20s Wednesday and upper 10s Thursday.

Have a great evening! Meteorologist Tony Schumacher, 2:25 p.m., 23-December 2021

*On this date in weather history:

1982 - A major winter storm struck Colorado producing heavy snow and blizzard conditions. A record two feet of snow was reported at Stapleton Airport in Denver, which was shut down for 33 hours. Up to 44 inches of snow fell in the foothills surrounding Denver. The storm hurt the ski industry as skiers were unable to make it out of Denver to the slopes, and the closed airport became a campground for vacationers. (23rd-25th) (The Weather Channel) (Storm Data)

1983 - The temperature plunged to 50 degrees below zero at Williston, ND to equal their all-time record. Minneapolis MN reported an afternoon high of 17 degrees below zero, and that evening strong northerly winds produced wind chill readings of 100 degrees below zero in North Dakota. (The National Weather Summary)

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