JIM FOTI and BILL McAULIFFE
Star Tribune
December 23, 2009

Editor’s note: USA Today reports the storm will be stronger than any storm seen in South Dakota in the past 40 years, which begs the question… global warming, what global warming?

A large winter storm with the potential to dump a foot or more of snow is grinding its way toward Minnesota, and its arrival is likely to mess up travel plans, complicate last-minute errands and ensure a very white Christmas.

“It’s not definite yet, but it has an uncanny resemblance to the East Coast storm last Saturday,” meteorologist Paul Douglas posted Monday on his Facebook page. “I want to see one to two more computer runs, but this could be the snowiest Christmas for Minnesota in 30 years.”

According to a winter storm warning issued this afternoon for central and southern Minnesota and western Wisconsin, the mess is expected to begin Wednesday afternoon — and go on and on.

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