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Hold onto your hats: Wind gusts of 60-70 mph reported; roads are still slick

Minnesota's getting snow, rain and thunderstorms.
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Snow and ice storms are hitting Minnesota on Christmas Day, making for some dangerously slick roads.

8:30 a.m. Monday

Strong wind gusts are making things difficult at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. According to a tweet from FOX 9 meteorologist Cody Matz, the airport is only able to use one runway due to the strong winds.

As of 8:30 a.m., flights out of MSP Airport were experiencing delays of 38 minutes on average, the flight-tracking website Flight Aware says. So far today, 61 flights have been delayed out of MSP and 23 flights have been canceled, the website shows.

Meanwhile, the roads are still pretty icy.

6:30 a.m. Monday update

The main concerns for Monday are the strong winds across the state – wind gusts ranged from 60-70 mph early Monday – as well as the potential for an inch or two more snow in central Minnesota through the mid-afternoon, the National Weather Service says.

As of 6:30 a.m. Monday, travel was still not advised in northwestern Minnesota (purple on the map below), while roads in much of northern and central Minnesota were partially covered (blue on the map) in snow or ice, or completely covered (pink on the map). Roads in the Twin Cities and much of southern Minnesota are clear (green on the map), but there still are some slick spots on the side roads.

 MnDOT

MnDOT

8 p.m. update

The rain and snow just keep coming.

Forecasters say northwestern parts of the state will be hit with sleet, snow and wind Sunday night and Monday morning.

Blizzard warnings for those areas have been extended to 4 p.m. on Monday.

The National Weather Service says this storm could bring 14 inches of snow to Kittson, Marshall and Polk counties.

Winter storm warnings stretch all across northern parts of the state.

According to the NWS, northeastern parts of the state are expected to get 4-8 inches of snow.

Just a little further south, the snow turns to freezing rain. There are ice storm warnings in effect for central parts of the state.

Those last until midnight.

Meanwhile, the Twin Cities area is getting small hail and thunder.

How are the roads? 

The Minnesota Department of Transportation has a map that shows current road conditions.

 Credit: MnDOT

Credit: MnDOT

The purple area in the northwest corner is where travel is not advised. Pink is where roads are completely covered in snow or ice. Blue is where roads are partially covered, and green is where road conditions are normal.

All that gray around the northern half of the state is where there are snow or ice warnings.

3 p.m. update

Freezing rain is really coming down in some areas.

The National Weather Service says there are ice storm warnings and freezing rain advisories across the state. Forecasters say central and northern Minnesota will get the worst of it – with ice accumulations up to a quarter of an inch.

This is expected to continue through the evening, tapering off by midnight when many of the warnings end. Roads, driveways and sidewalks could still be pretty icy Monday morning, though.

It'll also be very windy.

The NWS says the combination of wind and ice means we could see power outages throughout the evening.

Snowstorms in northern MN

Northern parts of the state even have blizzard warnings.

The NWS says northwestern Minnesota – Kittson, Marshall and Polk counties – will get the freezing rain. Then that will turn to heavy snow with 55 mph winds. That blizzard warning will go into effect at 5 p.m. Sunday and last through noon on Monday.

Those areas could get 13 inches of snow.

Other parts of northern Minnesota have winter storm warnings. Similarly, freezing rain will be followed with 6-9 inches of snow. Winds up to 40 mph will limit visibility.

 Credit: MnDOT

Credit: MnDOT

Above is the Minnesota Department of Transportation's 511 road conditions map. Green means road conditions are normal, blue means roads are partially covered in snow or ice, and pink means roads are completely covered.

The gray is where weather warnings are currently in effect. To see the most updated map, click here.

Original story

Interstate 94 was closed near St. John's after several crashes Sunday morning and drivers were warned to avoid the area. Maplewood PD is among the authorities advising drivers to take extra care on the roads.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation's 511 website shows there have been a handful of spinouts across the state on Sunday, mainly in the Twin Cities and St. Cloud areas.

The Twin Cities metro area and the southern half of the state are under a freezing rain warning, while further north there is an ice storm advisory in place.

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The gray areas on the above map show the parts of the state under either freezing rain or ice storm warnings as of 7 a.m.

The National Weather Service says the poor conditions will mainly impact the Twin Cities in the morning, and the area north of the metro throughout the whole day.

Around a tenth of an inch of ice accumulation is expected in the Twin Cities as freezing drizzle in the morning becomes steadier in the early afternoon, according to Accuweather.

Temperatures in the south are expected to warm above freezing as the day goes on, which should limit the chance of having a damaging ice storm in the region. By mid-afternoon, freezing rain will move out of the area and winds will start to pick up.

Strong wind gusts of 40-50 mph could cause some power outages if power lines get covered in ice.

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