Blizzard, difficult conditions throughout area; DTA cancels busesIt’s expected to be snowing so hard today around the Twin Ports, with wind gusts to 50 mph off Lake Superior, that the National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning for the head of the lake through 7 a.m. Saturday.
By: Duluth News Tribune, The Daily Telegram
It’s expected to be snowing so hard today around the Twin Ports, with wind gusts to 50 mph off Lake Superior, that the National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning for the head of the lake through 7 a.m. Saturday.
This morning, travel is being discouraged. U.S. Highway 53, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, is impassable.
A winter storm warning is in effect for portions of the Northland outside of Douglas, southern St. Louis and Carlton counties except for extreme northern Minnesota. Gale warnings are in effect for Lake Superior.
Conditions are expected to get worse during the day on Friday. Travel is expected to be very difficult with near zero visibility at times. Snow should taper off by Saturday morning.
To be an official blizzard, visibility must be reduced to a quarter-mile or less and winds must be at least 40 mph for at least three hours. Conditions Friday may be similar to the March 1 blizzard of 2007.
In Bayfield, Ashland, Iron, Burnett, Washburn and Price counties, residents should expect heavy snow but lesser winds, likely topping out at 35 miles per hour. Snowfall totals will range from 10-15 inches. Amounts could be higher along the South Shore. The National Weather Service says travel will be very hazardous or impossible.
The forecast calls for sunny skies and temperatures near 50 next week.
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