MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — These are the four stories you need to know about for Monday, Dec. 28. They include the Twin Cities’ likely first major wallop of snow this season, and post-Christmas sales you might consider taking advantage of.
Winter Set To Dump On Twin Cities, Big Time
Parts of Minnesota could see up to a foot of snow, according to the latest projections from the National Weather Service and WCCO’s team of meteorologists. Southeastern Minnesota is expected to be hit hardest by the storm, where several counties will be under a winter storm warning starting Monday afternoon. The heaviest snow will happen Monday between 6 p.m. and midnight. Anywhere from six to 10 inches are expected in the Twin Cities metro area. The snow will be followed by gusty winds out of the northeast, which will create the potential for blowing and drifting snow.
Post-Holiday Sales In Full Force
While you may be done with Christmas, that doesn’t mean an end to holiday shopping, especially if you’re looking to spruce up your wardrobe. Retail experts say the days after Christmas are when stores traditionally offer up some of their biggest sales, particularly on apparel. This year experts say retailers are likely to discount winter clothing more than usual thanks to unseasonably warm weather in parts of the country that have hurt sales of winter merchandise.
Iraq Claims Ramadi ‘Liberated’ From ISIS
Iraqi forces are hailing a “big victory” after they retook a key government facility in central Ramadi from ISIS fighters. U.S.-backed fighters in Syria also scored a victory of ISIS fighters. They seized control of a key dam and severed a supply line near ISIS’ self-proclaimed capital.
Abortion Expected To Be Hot-Button Campaign Issue
Activists on both sides of the abortion debate predict it will be a hot button issue in presidential campaigns in 2016. Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton is a longtime defender of abortion rights and has voiced strong support for Planned Parenthood. In contrast, nearly all of the GOP candidates favor overturning the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationwide.