Snow expected Friday morning for NorthlandThe National Weather Service in Duluth said northern St. Louis, Koochiching, Lake and Cook counties can expect to see up to two inches by the time the snow moves out Friday afternoon.
By: John Myers, Duluth News Tribune
A fast-moving weather system is expected to drop up to two inches of snow on parts of the Northland early Friday.
While not exactly a winter storm or blizzard, it’s the first measurable snow in days and the only snow in the forecast for the next week.
The National Weather Service in Duluth said northern St. Louis, Koochiching, Lake and Cook counties can expect to see up to two inches by the time the snow moves out Friday afternoon.
Itasca, Carlton and southern St. Louis counties and Northwestern Wisconsin can expect about an inch of snow.
The Weather Service notes roads could be slick Friday morning and urged caution as drivers haven’t seen much snow this year.
It takes an inch of snow on the ground for the National Weather Service to consider it an officially “white Christmas.” Duluth had exactly that — one inch — on the ground as of today at the airport while International Falls had two inches. The Duluth airport has received 7.1 inches of snow this season, nearly 21 inches below normal. Areas to the south of the Twin Ports, and along the North Shore, had virtually no snow on the ground as of today, but that may change Friday morning.
The new-fallen snow may not last long, however, with temperatures reaching above freezing by Monday and remaining above normal through New Year’s weekend. December is nearly five degrees above normal and the sixth consecutive month of significantly warmer-than-normal temperatures.