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Weather could complicate New Year’s Eve travel

January 1, 2019

New Year’s Eve revelers should be prepared to deal with changing and potentially dangerous weather conditions this afternoon, evening and overnight.

Two low-pressure systems are expected to brush south and north of southeastern Minnesota, bringing a mix of freezing rain, light snow, strong winds and much colder temperatures, according to the National Weather Service.

Patchy light freezing rain will move from south to north through the region in late morning and afternoon, making for slick roads, especially in northeastern Iowa and far southeastern Minnesota. Snow will develop this afternoon, with a couple of inches possible, again primarily to the south and east of Rochester.

An additional inch of snow will fall overnight, and will result in snow-covered roads. Travel will be complicated by strong northwest winds and rapidly falling temperatures.

New Year’s Day will dawn frigid, with temperatures in the single digits and wind chills below zero. The high in Rochester on Tuesday is projected to be 12.

Heavier snow is expected in a band across central Minnesota, where three to six inches is predicted through Tuesday morning.

The Twin Cities will receive one to two inches of snow, while the snow total for Rochester is expected to be an inch or less, according to the National Weather Service.

Heavier snow is expected in northeastern Iowa and southwestern Wisconsin.

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