Winter weather advisory for Cascades through Thursday

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Unsafe conditions are expected across the western and central parts of the state, with the National Weather Service predicting up to a foot of snow in some areas.

- The Twin Cities and greater Minnesota are bracing for wintry weather that is expected to hit Wednesday night and last into Thursday and Friday.

A storm promising to deliver more than a foot of snow to some areas of the Great Plains and the northern Midwest was bringing heavy snowfall and strong winds as of Thursday. The storm system, named Winter Storm Eboni, reaches from western Kansas toward upper MI and Minnesota, The Weather Channel reported.

The sloppy weather will continue into the afternoon, with light snow in the far north and rain elsewhere.

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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. Around the Red River Valley, Speicher said there was about 4-8 inches of snow that gathered overnight. 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. Expect extensive blowing and drifting of snow. There is an elevated risk of becoming stranded for an extended period in this storm. Colder air will start to arrive Thursday evening and will gradually switch whatever precipitation is leftover to snow before quickly winding down early Friday morning.

A Colorado low that is tracking toward Ontario will bring a mixed bag of weather to northeastern Ontario this afternoon into Friday. It's going to be a warm night with temps in the mid- to upper 40s! New Year's Eve promises to be blustery with a high of 21 and an overnight low of 7 below.

Temperatures stayed frigid past New Years Day into the first week of January with two more record cold temperatures for those dates double digits below zero.

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