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Mild Christmas in Twin Cities; snow creating some slick spots around the state

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People traveling over the river and through the woods Thursday may encounter some slippery conditions on Minnesota roads.

Periods of light snow, with the chance of light freezing drizzle, is possible Thursday and Friday, the National Weather Service reports. Most of the activity will be west and north of the Twin Cities, KSTP reports.

As of 12:50 p.m., most roads were listed as normal, but there were some pockets of roads in western Minnesota that were partially covered in ice, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation's website.

A stronger system will move through southern Minnesota Friday night into Saturday morning, which is expected to produce accumulating snow, the weather service notes. This could affect some travel plans, so the weather service is urging people to stay tuned to the latest forecast.

As the system moves out, cold air is expected to filter in – high temperatures in the single digits, with lows dropping below zero are likely early next week.

Christmas compared to Thanksgiving

It was significantly warmer on Christmas Day than it was on Thanksgiving this year.

Temperatures this month have been running well above normal, which means December could end up being 6 to 8 degrees warmer than the 30-year average, according to Paul Huttner on MPR News' Updraft blog.

White Christmas in Hawaii, not so much in Twin Cities

Some people in Hawaii woke up to snow Christmas Day, unlike many in Minnesota.

Light snow began falling in the Twin Cities Thursday, and more is expected in the afternoon. However, not much is expected to stick to the warm, wet ground.

That wasn't the same for people in Hawaii, where up to eight inches of snow was expected to accumulate above 11,500 feet as Santa Claus and his reindeer made their way around the globe, the New York Post reports.

Although it's common for the summits of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa to get snow, blizzards like this, with significant accumulation, is unusual, The Associated Press reports. The last time there was a white Christmas on the Big Island was in 2008, the New York Post notes.

The last brown Christmas in the Twin Cities was 2011, and this year is only the 33rd brown Christmas in the last 115 years, the Pioneer Press notes. The Twin Cities sees a white Christmas – defined as about an inch or more of snow on the ground – about 70 percent of the time. For central and northern Minnesota, it's about 80 to 90 percent of the time, the newspaper notes.

Just 29.2 percent of the Lower 48 saw a white Christmas this year, which is lower than average, the Star Tribune reported.

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