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Holiday forecast: Let it snow (and baby, it's cold outside)

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If you are dreaming of a white Christmas, fear not: New snow is on the way.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory that covers all of west central, central, south central and east central Minnesota along with west central Wisconsin.

The weather service says 2-5 inches of snow can be expected on Tuesday with the heaviest areas of snow expected near the Minnesota River Valley.

Snow is expected to begin falling from west to east across Minnesota reaching Alexandria and Willmar by around mid day. On top of the snow, strong southerly winds are expected to create areas of blowing and drifting snow.

Meanwhile the bitter cold will continue through Monday night. According to KARE 11, low temperatures are expected to bottom out around -11. Wind chill values will drop to between -15 and -25 in the metro area.

Dangerous wind chills are again forecast for much of central Minnesota tonight. According to the FOX 9, the wind chill could fall to between -35 and -45 in those areas.

It'll be colder in the western and northern parts of the state Tuesday: minus-19 degrees in Willmar; minus-21 in Fargo; minus-24 degrees in International Falls, with considerably colder wind chill temperatures (minus-56 wind chill in Brainerd!), WCCO reports.

Christmas Day in the Twin Cities: Expect a balmier high of 24 and a 30 percent chance of a bit more snow, the weather service says.

Around the state:

Duluth – Dec. 24: 80 percent chance of snow, high 13, low 7. Dec. 25: Scattered snow showers, high 18, low minus-4.

Bemidji – Dec. 24: 80 percent chance of snow, high 9, low 5. Dec. 25: 40 percent chance of snow, high 12, low minus-12.

Fergas Falls – Dec. 24: 80 percent chance of snow, high 13, low 10. Dec. 25: 30 percent chance of snow, high 20, low minus-13.

Montevideo – Dec. 24: 100 percent chance of snow, high 18, low 12. Dec. 25: 30 percent chance of snow, high 24, low minus-1.

Winona – Dec. 24: 20 percent chance of snow, high 13, low 11. Dec. 25: 30 percent chance of snow, high 26, low 3.

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