A very messy forecast is in the cards over the next couple of days in the area. We'll see temperatures in the 30s for much of the day today along with some fog, rain and some snow and sleet mixing in, especially later in the day. Winds will be mainly out of the southeast from 10 to 20 MPH and gusty, shifting to the north late in the day. Tonight, north winds will increase to around 15 to 25 MPH with higher gusts, and we'll see rain changing to snow with some light accumulations. As colder air moves in and snow falls, roads will become slick in many areas. Some snow will continue in parts of the region, mainly south and east, on Tuesday with continued gusty winds and cold temperatures in the 20s and low 30s. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day will see temperatures turning colder along with a chance for a few snow flurries.
TODAY: Rain possibly mixed with sleet and snow at times, especially later in the day. Winds increasing late and Shifting from southeast to east to northerly late, 15-25 mph and gusty. Temps steady to slowly falling through the 30s.
TONIGHT: Gusty northwest winds to 35 mph. Areas of light snow continue across the region, with accumulations of 1-3". Temperatures falling into the 20s for most, causing icy roads with some blowing and drifting possible.
TUESDAY: Areas of light snowfall with increasingly gusty northwest winds to 45 mph possible. Blowing and drifting snow with reduced visibility in open country. Areas of dangerous travel as snow exits toward Minneapolis and Great Lakes region. Winds: NNW 25-45 mph. Low: 25. High: 29.