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Noah Nichols of Des Moines, Iowa, cleans snow off his car, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, in Des Moines, Iowa. (File photo / Associated Press)

Winter storm may bring heavy snow, bitter cold to Northland this week

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Forecasters are monitoring a strong winter storm that may bring significant snowfall to the Northland later this week, followed by a blast of arctic air.

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The National Weather Service in Duluth reported Sunday morning that a storm system is forecast to move from the Rockies on Monday, and into Iowa and southern Minnesota on Tuesday. If that track holds, it would put the Northland - especially Northeastern Minnesota - in line for heavy snow.

While the forecast is subject to change, the Weather Service said snow may begin to fall to the west of Duluth as early as Monday afternoon, reaching the Twin Ports in the evening. It appears there may be a break in the snow Tuesday morning, before potentially heavy snow moves in later Tuesday through Wednesday afternoon.

Snowfall may exceed 6 inches in parts of the Northland, though there is still uncertainty in the location of the heaviest snow, and just how much may fall. Check back for forecast updates.

In the wake of the storm, a strong cold front will usher in a blast of bitterly cold air and low wind chills. Subzero low temperatures are likely across the region by the end of the week, with daytime highs only in the single digits above zero.

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