Although severe thunderstorms may survive to reach Minneapolis, severe weather is possible Friday through Saturday in North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota, AccuWeather.com meteorologists said.
A storm system in the Canadian Prairies will drag a cold front into a zone of hot and humid air, setting the stage for possible severe storms, AccuWeather.com Senior Expert Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said.
"The greatest threats are damaging wind gusts and large hail," Sosnowski said. "There is a remote chance of other storms producing a tornado."
The severe threat will be focused from Aberdeen, S.D., to northwestern Minnesota on Friday, AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski said.
Severe storms are possible Saturday afternoon and evening north of Interstate 94, especially across northwest North Dakota, Pydynowski said.
Another round of thunderstorms - some locally heavy - may occur on Sunday in northern Minnesota and North Dakota followed by an increase of heat and humidity early next week, Pydynowski said.
This weekend will feature snow showers and icy conditions for Minneapolis.
While the official start to winter is still days away, the cold, icy and snowy weather across most of the United States would indicate otherwise.
Another winter storm is on the way for the mid-Mississippi Valley, but areas hit hard by the recent ice storm will be spared the worst.
The holidays are a very busy time for firefighters and emergency medical personnel who deal with seasonal-related fires, falls and other emergencies.
Heavy snow and travel disruptions will spread from a large part of the Midwest Friday night to the Northeast during Saturday.
Two storms will bring high winds to the United Kingdom and Ireland this weekend.
Netarts, OR (2001)
80 mph wind gust.
Set two records; greatest 24 hour storm; 17.0"; greatest single storm total 39.6" for city (13th-14th).
Los Angeles, CA (1878)
Los Angeles 30 degrees "considered" lowest ever in December there.