Thursday's 'winter storm' is turning out to be another dud

Snowfall will be at the lower end of initial projections.

If you were hoping for a big snowfall to get you in the Christmas spirit, you're going to be disappointed.

The weather Minnesota will get on Thursday had the potential of a full-on "winter storm" earlier this week, but it's once again turning out to be a bit of a dud.

The National Weather Service has been careful to temper expectations over the past week, knowing that at least some snow would make an appearance but cautioning that levels could range anywhere from less than an inch to a foot.

Now Thursday has arrived and it looks as though it will be closer to an inch.

Minnesota will effectively be split into quarters by the system, with the southern portion and the north/northeast seeing 1-3 inches of snow.

The middle and northwest sections, including most of the Twin Cities metro, will see less than an inch.

The good news for Thursday evening travelers is that there won't be much in the way of wind either, so no blowing snow is expected.

And while the remnants of previous snow should ensure a white Christmas for much of the state, there won't be any more white stuff headed our way over the weekend – when it will instead get seriously cold.

The latest predictions for Christmas Day in the Twin Cities is a daytime high of 0 to 10 and nighttime lows of -10 to 0.

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