A storm system now in the Western U.S. will move into the Upper Midwest on Christmas, with blizzard conditions likely. Wind and snow will make travel difficult, if not impossible, on Sunday in parts of Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota. Blizzard Warnings have already been issued. Snow totals may reach a foot before the storm departs on Monday.
Wind will become a problem as the low pressure center intensifies Saturday night into Monday. Sustained winds above 40 mph with higher gusts are likely. The strong winds will start in Montana and Wyoming Saturday night and push into the Dakotas and Minnesota on Sunday.
The low will move from Wyoming into South Dakota and then Minnesota through the weekend. Areas of sleet and freezing rain are possible in Eastern South Dakota and Southern Minnesota, with wind and snow found across the rest of the region.
The low will continue to intensify on Monday and will slow slightly. The blizzard conditions will continue with more snow and wind. The system will finally move out of the region Monday night.
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For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Mace Michaels