Staff and wire reports
Saturday appears to be the best chance for a fresh coating of snow and a white Christmas for the lakes area.
But don't expect to have major shoveling tasks for the holiday. Weather services report central Minnesota is likely to have two to four inches of snow Saturday.
The National Weather Service issued a winter storm watch for Saturday and Saturday night, including a chance for snow late tonight.
Weather advisories predict snow developing early Saturday with periods of heavy snow possible into Saturday night, with blowing or drifting.
For the lakes area, the Weather Channel reports a 70 percent chance of snow Saturday. The rest of the 10-day forecast calls for partly cloudy skies and cooler temperatures. Forecasts for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day call for partly cloudy skies, high temperatures in the teens and 20s and lows in the single digits.
The light snow that is forecast to begin Saturday morning could fall most of the day with heavier snowfall by 8 p.m. Snowfall is expected to become lighter again by 11 p.m.
The National Weather Service issued a severe weather alert for counties mostly south of the Brainerd lakes area. The alert included Mille Lacs, Morrison, Sherburne, Stearns and Todd counties along with the cities of Alexandria, Minneapolis, St. Cloud and Willmar.
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