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Winter storm watch issued for the Northland

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By John Myers

Duluth News Tribune

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A nice weekend with sunny skies and warm conditions is expected to come crashing down Monday with heavy snow possible across parts of the Northland.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for all of northern and western Minnesota and eastern North Dakota from 7 a.m. Monday until 7 a.m. Tuesday for the potential of 6 inches or more snow. Douglas County in Wisconsin also is included in the watch area.

While the storm track remains uncertain, the Weather Service says the heaviest snow is expected to fall in northern and north-central Minnesota, with the Twin Ports on the on the southeastern edge. If the storm shifts slightly south, heavier snow could also move into Northwestern Wisconsin. Check back to www.duluthnewstribune.com for forecast updates through the weekend.

In addition to snow, strong northeast winds and a mix of freezing rain and rain with the snow could make travel hazardous at times on Monday and Monday night.

"It appears snowfall in excess of 6 inches will be possible across a wide swath of Northeastern Minnesota, and possibly as far south as the Twin Ports, Brainerd and Hinckley," the Weather Service reported Saturday morning. "The main problem in determining specific snow amounts and the area most likely affected is due to some fairly major differences in computer model projections. Nonetheless, it appears very heavy snowfall is possible across much of the Northland, with strong northeast winds and a possible icy mix."

Ahead of the storm, expect highs in Duluth to reach near 40 on Saturday and possibly near 50 on Sunday under partly sunny skies.

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