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More snow is on the way in wake of Northland cold spell

The ice-bedecked freighter Presque Isle passes through the Duluth ship canal on Saturday afternoon, Dec. 7, 2013, as steam rises from the water. The ship was coming in from anchor to pick up a partial load of taconite, then was scheduled to head to Two Harbors to pick up the rest of its load. Andrew Krueger / akrueger@duluthnews.com

Snow, then cold, and now a chance for more snow.

In the wake of last week's snowstorm, temperatures dropped into the 30s below zero in parts of the Northland on Saturday morning, with wind chills in the 40s below zero in some locations.

And after another night of frigid conditions, today may bring another shot of snow to the region -- but nothing like what we saw last week.

Leading the way for cold conditions on Saturday morning was Longville in Cass County, which reported a low temperature of 33 below zero, and a wind chill of 45 below. The National Weather Service in Duluth said weather spotters in Embarrass and Togo each reported a low of 32 below, while Brimson and Hill City saw lows of 31 below.

Other wind chills reported early Saturday included 42 below at International Falls, and 40 below at Moose Lake.

The official morning low at the Duluth International Airport was 18 below zero. The record for the date is 26 below zero, set in 1976; the average low for Dec. 7 is 11 above zero.

The wind chill at the airport dropped to as low as 36 below zero Saturday morning; the daytime high was 4 below zero.

The subzero conditions once again caused steam to boil up from the waters of Lake Superior, enveloping freighters at anchor and creating a scenic sunrise.

Ice has started to form in the Duluth-Superior harbor, and the Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center reported some ships were experiencing weather-related delays in loading and unloading cargo. But Chief Petty Officer Matthew Henry of the United States Coast Guard's Sault Ste. Marie sector said he wasn't aware of any shipping backlog in the Twin Ports.

An icebreaking cutter was en route to "provide support in Duluth and Superior," he said.

Temperatures were forecast to tumble into the teens and 20s below zero again this morning, before snow moves into the region later today and tonight.

Because of the cold conditions, any snow that falls will be of the light and fluffy variety -- which should make for easy shoveling. The National Weather Service said Saturday that accumulations of 2 to 3 inches are possible for the Twin Ports. Snowfall may reach 3 to 5 inches along the North Shore from Two Harbors to Grand Marais and in parts of Northwestern Wisconsin, where a winter weather advisory was issued through early Monday morning.

The region is forecast to see below-normal temperatures throughout the upcoming week.

SATURDAY'S LOWS

Here's a roundup of some low temperatures in the Northland on Saturday morning, as reported by the National Weather Service in Duluth. These do not include the wind chill:

33 below zero -- Longville

32 below zero -- Embarrass, Togo

31 below zero -- Brimson, Hill City, Inger

30 below zero -- Bigfork, Cass Lake

29 below zero -- Northome

28 below zero -- Effie

27 below zero -- Hinckley, Cook, Crane Lake, Wright

26 below zero -- Hibbing, Moose Lake, Floodwood

25 below zero -- Tower, Cotton, Ash Lake, Aurora

24 below zero -- International Falls, Littlefork, Saginaw, Orr, Bruno, Makinen, Lake Winnibigoshish, Isle, Minong, Askov, Grantsburg

23 below zero -- Hermantown, Twig

22 below zero -- Hayward, Grand Rapids, Kabetogama

20 below zero -- Cloquet

19 below zero -- Babbitt, Proctor, Scanlon, Clam Lake, Glidden

18 below zero -- Duluth airport, Ely, Oliver

17 below zero -- Superior, Two Harbors, Silver Bay, Aitkin, Washburn, Drummond, Maple

15 below zero -- Duluth harbor, Eveleth, Upson, Grand Marais airport, Finland

13 below zero -- Ashland

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