Freezing drizzle, bitter cold likely to hit area

Published 10:30 am Monday, December 24, 2012

It’s going to be a white Christmas, and a very cold one to boot.

Temperatures in southeastern Minnesota could dip to 1 degree below zero overnight, the first negative temperature since Feb. 11, according to the National Weather Service in La Crosse, Wis.

“Right now we are trending toward partial clearing overnight,” said NWS Meteorologist Brad Adams. “So there is certainly a chance.”

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Christmas Day, Adams, said, will be the coldest of the week, with a forecasted high of 8 degrees. The overnight low into Wednesday could dip to 3 below zero.

More serious, however, is a chance for freezing drizzle throughout this morning and into the afternoon. The NWS issued a special weather statement Monday morning, which included Mower County. Adams said the chance for accumulation of snow is unlikely, and major roadways likely won’t be affected. However, rural areas could get some ice-covered roadways.

More snow could be on the way by Thursday night; however, Adams doesn’t expect nearly the accumulation the area received last week.