A (very, very) white Christmas on the way
The National Weather Service predicts more than a foot of snow -- possibly as much as 20 inches -- will be dumped on the Twin Cities as a major snowstorm sweeps through the region beginning Wednesday evening.
Washington County is part of a winter storm warning issued by the National Weather Service in expectation of possible sleet, heavy snow and high winds that will batter the area through Christmas Day and into Saturday, and will slow holiday travel to a crawl.
As much as five inches of snow could fall by Thursday morning, the weather service forecasts.
The storm could be comparable to the Halloween blizzard of 1991, a National Weather Service bulletin said.
Winter parking rules in Cottage Grove, Newport and St. Paul Park are in effect.
In Cottage Grove: No parking on city streets between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. On-street parking allowed only when it doesn't interfere with snow removal operations.
In Newport: No parking on city streets between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m.
In St. Paul Park: No parking on city streets between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. On-street parking allowed only when it doesn't interfere with snow removal operations.
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