Winter storm warning issued for the Northland
By: Andrew Krueger
Duluth News Tribune
Make the most of today's sunshine and above-freezing temperatures, because a strong winter storm forecast to move into the Upper Midwest on Thursday and Friday may drop more than a foot of snow on parts of the Northland by the time it exits the region.
A winter storm warning is in effect for much of the Northland, including the Twin Ports, from 6 a.m. Thursday through 6 a.m. Friday. Light snow is expected to begin tonight and Thursday morning, with the heaviest snow expected Thursday afternoon and evening. Northwest winds gusting to 40 mph Thursday night and Friday will cause blowing and drifting snow.
The warning covers the Twin Ports, the Iron Range, the North Shore, Ely and the Interstate 35 corridor in Northeastern Minnesota, along with all of Northwestern Wisconsin. As of Wednesday morning the Weather Service was forecasting 10 to 14 inches of snow for areas from Duluth east - including Northwestern Wisconsin and the North Shore. The Twin Ports, Iron Range, Cloquet and the I-35 corridor are expected to receive 6 to 10 inches of snow.
Areas to the west, including Aitkin, Grand Rapids and International Falls, are under a winter weather advisory from Thursday morning through Friday morning and and may see 4 to 6 inches of snow.
The Twin Cities are under a winter storm warning from Thursday morning through Friday morning for the potential for 6 to 9 inches of snow. A blizzard warning has been posted for parts of southern Minnesota, including Rochester and Mankato.
Check back to duluthnewstribune.com in the coming days for forecast updates.