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Christmas Holiday Weekend Should Be Smooth Sailing for Drivers, Travelers

Dry conditions should be prevalent on Minnesota roads, according to the National Weather Service. Those flying for the holidays should also have an easy go, as storms stay away from the Midwest.

Other than a chance of snow slated for Thursday evening, the weekend before Christmas is looking good for holiday travelers. 

With its new, 10-day forecast released today, Dec. 16, temperatures look to be a bit below normal, but the sun should be shining on the busiest travel days of December. 

Here's a rundown, according to the National Weather Service of Minneapolis/St. Paul, located in Chanhassen. 

Thursday, Dec. 19 – High near 20, low around 2. There is a 40 percent chance of precipitation, which could pop up in the area as either snow or freezing rain, depending on when it arrives.

Friday, Dec. 20 – Highs in the low teens, low around zero. Precipitation and clouds will move out for the weekend and bright sun should be shining as kids get out of school for winter break.

Saturday, Dec. 21 – The nicest day of the holiday stretch. Highs in the low 20s, low around 5. No real chance of snow, but maybe in the morning.

Sunday, Dec. 22 – Much colder. High around 10, which would be reached in the morning. Clouds move in the afternoon. Lows around 10.

Monday, Dec. 23 – Chance of snow around 30 percent, but warmer. Highs in the mid-20s. Lows in the upper teens.

Christmas Eve – Very nice day with a high of (appropriately) 25. Lows in the single digits around the metro. Good day for melting.

Christmas Day – Colder again, with highs in the teens and lows in the single digits. Dry. Roads should be great for getting around town or heading home to get back in time for work on Thursday.

For complete road conditions and travel information, check out the Minnesota Department of Transportation website. 

Stay tuned to your local Patch for more information on any developing winter storms throughout the holidays. 

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