Updated: 12/24/2013 3:12 PM
Created: 12/23/2013 6:04 AM KSTP.com
By: Cassie Hart
First it was the cold and now it's going to be the snow on this Christmas Eve.
A wind chill advisory expired at noon Tuesday and now a winter weather advisory continues in parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin. The advisory is in effect for central and southern Minnesota as well as west central Wisconsin through midnight Tuesday.
A period of light to moderate snow lasting five to nine hours is expected to move across the state, with total accumulations of 2 to 4" falling across the state. KSTP.com meteorologist Patrick Hammer said snow should arrive in the metro around 4 p.m.
The greatest amounts of snow are expected across central Minnesota through the northern Twin Cities metro area and across west central Wisconsin near Highway 8.
Winds will pick up. You can expect areas of blowing and drifting snow, which could reduce visibility on the roads for the evening drive in the metro. You will want to use caution when traveling, especially in open the areas, Patrick said.
Snow will continue into very early Christmas morning. Patrick expects additional snow showers on Christmas Day with highs in the low 20s.
Tuesday morning was dangerously frigid as temperatures bottomed out between -12 and -24 in the metro. Wind chill readings ranged from -35 to -45. In Milaca it was much colder with temps dropping off to -33 around 9 a.m.. In International Falls it was -34 Tuesday morning.
Highs will struggle to reach 10 degrees Tuesday.
A nice little warm-up is expected for Friday and Saturday. Patrick said the temps will be sharply colder Sunday into next week.
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