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Wintry mix likely Thursday

After weeks of quiet weather, we're finally tracking our next weather-maker on the way for us on Thursday.

That low-pressure system is still spinning off the coast of Washington, bringing some rain and snow showers to the Pacific Northwest. The system will slide through southern Canada over the next 48 hours, dipping into northern Minnesota early Thursday morning.

Temperatures will be warm Thursday morning, allowing precip to fall as rain during the early hours. However, a cold front moving through will cool temperatures down, creating a period of mixing rain, freezing rain, and snow. Then light snow showers will linger through the rest of Thursday and into Friday.

How quickly that front moves through and how soon temperatures cool down will determine how messy Thursday morning will be and how much snow we'll see. Some accumulating snow is likely for most of the region, with the heaviest snow falling Thursday morning.

Winds will pick up behind the cold front, potentially creating the threat of blowing and drifting snow but the main concern is icy roads for Thursday morning during the transition of rain to snow. You'll want to keep an eye on the forecast for further details and timing in the next 24 hours.

Things will quiet down and cool down for the weekend, becoming more seasonable for this time of year. Once again, we could struggle to get rid of the cloud cover so enjoy the sunshine tomorrow!

Amanda Morgan

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