The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin. The heaviest snow is expected in a wide band stretching from Mankato to Lake Superior.
Belinda Jensen of KARE 11 says snow amounts will vary between 1"-4" in the metro by the early morning hours. And New Year's revelers should hold onto their party hats with wind gusts up to 45 mph.
MPR says the combination of snow and strong winds means tumbling temperatures on the first day of 2012.
Despite the statewide weather warning, the Pine Journal doesn't seem to be worried. The northern Minnesota newspaper says not to expect any major snowfall events over the next few days. Northern Minnesota is seeing it's fourth lowest snow accumulation since 1850