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The first half of December has been relatively dry for much of the Upper Midwest, but a change is in store through the early part of this week.
After a brief December warmup, conditions will change rapidly for cities from Omaha to Minneapolis.
After bringing snow to Denver and the Intermountain West this past weekend, the storm will track into the Great Lakes and spread a swath of snow from Nebraska through Minnesota.
Snow from Nebraska and southeastern South Dakota at the start of the week is forecast to spread into Minnesota, Wisconsin, part of northern Illinois and upper Michigan Monday night.
"While there will be an area of rain mixing with snow on the southern edge, ice is not expected to be a major threat with this storm," said Accuweather Meteorologist Steve Travis. Regardless, the commute on Tuesday morning will be tricky for some people, especially in Minneapolis, where snow will be winding down.
Cold air will be rushing in quickly behind the departing storm into Tuesday. While temperatures will feel much colder compared with the warmth of the weekend, they will actually be near seasonable for the middle of December.
Winds gusting out of the northwest at 15-25 mph will combine with the chillier air to bring the RealFeel® down into the single digits for cities like Minneapolis, Fargo and Duluth.
This cold air mass looks to gradually shift into the Northeast. The more mild spell will be ended by Wednesday for cities like Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Buffalo, with high temperatures expected to be 10-15 degrees colder than the high on Tuesday.
Interior portions of the Northeast are likely to see some snow showers on Wednesday, while a mix of rain and snow is expected closer to the coast.
This story by AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Becky Elliott
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