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Light rain washing away what's left of the snow, meaning no white Christmas in the Twin Cities

There could be big travel impacts with a storm system arriving next week.

A light rain will wash away what's left of the snow in the Twin Cities on Thursday morning, and with no accumulating snow in the forecast it's highly likely that a brown, grey, dull-looking outside will greet us on Christmas. 

The drizzle and light rain this morning will impact mainly east-central and south-central parts of the state, with the rain slowly but surely changing over to snow before it exits the area by noon. 

Here's a look a the simulated future radar through early afternoon. 

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Clearly, it's a fairly quiet radar and that's why little to no accumulation is expected once the rain changes over to snow, although the National Weather Service says there's a small chance the changeover will create a quick burst of moderate snow capable of putting a half-inch of snow on the ground. 

Further north, there is a winter weather advisory for parts of northwest Minnesota where freezing drizzle is creating slick roads. It includes the cities of Red Lake, Redby, Ponemah, Fosston, Fertile, McIntosh, Erskine, Bagley, Clearbrook, Bemidji, Mahnomen, Naytahwaush, Waubun, Alida, Ebro, Lake Itasca, Long Lost Lake, Lower Rice Lake, Roy Lake, Upper Rice Lake, Detroit Lakes, Wolf Lake, Fergus Falls, Perham, New York Mills, Parkers Prairie, Henning and Battle Lake.

Temperatures, meanwhile, are still trending slightly above normal for the next week or so, but not nearly as warm as its been the past couple of days. 

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Christmas Eve and Day look quiet, which is great for holiday travelers, but things get interesting mid-week when a low-pressure system is forecast to eject out of the Four Corners and into the Upper Midwest. 

It's still too early to predict what will happen, but impacts are very possible and precipitation could be in the form of rain, storms, a mix of rain and snow or a healthy dose of snow. 

Holiday travelers who will be on the roads or at the airport Wednesday-Friday next week will want to pay close attention to the forecast. 

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