Winter storm watches, warnings in effect for Northland
Winter storm watches and warnings are in effect for much of the Northland, including the Twin Ports, as a strong, slow-moving early spring storm is forecast to bring accumulating snow to the region late tonight and Thursday.
The Northland is on the northern edge of a storm system affecting much of the Upper Midwest, which already is bringing heavy snow and freezing rain to southern Minnesota.
Precipitation from the slow-moving storm is forecast to reach the Northland late tonight and Thursday morning. The National Weather Service reports that the heaviest snow is expected from daybreak to early afternoon on Thursday.
Snowfall may exceed 6 to 8 inches from Hinckley eastward to Spooner and Hayward, where a winter storm warning is in effect.
To the north, including Duluth and Superior, is winter storm watch is in effect for the possibility of 4 to 8 inches of snow with locally higher amounts. Northeast winds may gust in excess of 35 mph near Lake Superior.
There remains uncertainty in the exact path of the storm, which may affect where and when the heaviest snow falls.
To the south, winter storm warnings are in effect for much of central and southern Minnesota, including the Twin Cities, through Thursday evening. Snowfall may exceed a foot in those areas.
Another storm system may bring a wintry mix of precipitation to the Northland over the weekend. Check back to duluthnewstribune.com for forecast updates.
Here's a roundup of forecast information:
Duluth, Superior, Washburn, Ashland, Hurley, Brainerd, Aitkin, Hill City
A winter storm watch is in effect from late tonight through Thursday evening, for the potential of 4 to 8 inches of snow with locally higher amounts. The heaviest snow is expected to fall on Thursday from daybreak through late afternoon.
Winds will be out of the northeast at 15 to 25 mph, with gusts in excess of 35 mph possible near Lake Superior.
Hinckley, Grantsburg, Spooner, Hayward
A winter storm warning is in effect from late tonight through 10 p.m. Thursday, for the potential of 6 to 8 inches of snow with locally higher amounts. The heaviest snow is expected to fall on Thursday from daybreak through late afternoon.
Winds will be out of the northeast at 15 to 25 mph.
Iron Range, North Shore, International Falls
No winter weather advisories or warnings are in effect at this time. Snowfall of a few inches is possible Thursday and Thursday night.
A winter storm warning is in effect until 7 p.m. Thursday. Mixed precipitation should change over to snow by late afternoon today. Total snowfall by Thursday evening may reach 8 to 12 inches, with locally higher amounts. The heaviest snow is expected to fall from late tonight through Thursday morning.