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Actual winter is coming: It's going to snow, then get pretty cold

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It looks like our white Christmas is coming about a day late.

A small system is sliding out of the Rockies and will bring snow to the region starting tonight.

Earlier this week, it appeared much of the downfall would be just north and west of the Twin Cities and snowfall amounts would be very light, possibly an inch of snow. But now the stripe of snow is forecast to fall right across the metro with heavier amounts of 3-5 inches possible.

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect from 6 p.m. Friday until 9 a.m. Saturday.

Here's a look at the forecast for the Twin Cities area:

Today: Cloudy, slight chance of freezing drizzle, mist, or flurries. Temps in the lower 30s.

Friday Evening: Snow develops after sunset.

Friday Night: Snow continues, 2-3 inches of accumulation possible

Saturday: Morning snow showers, with an additional 1 inch of accumulation. Then a partly cloudy late afternoon, cooler, with highs in the middle 20s.

Cold is coming, too

After a couple weeks of above-average temps, here comes the cold.

The high next week will be colder than we've seen in awhile – look for temperatures to top out in the single digits and teens starting Monday.

Overnight lows are forecast to drop slightly below zero degrees both Tuesday and Wednesday morning.

The good news is sunshine will finally appear through midweek. Expect a slight chance of snow New Year's Eve with highs in the lower 20s.

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