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Winter storm update: Forecast snow totals increased

A man plows his sidewalk along East 5th Street in Superior on Tuesday morning. Over a foot of snow is forecasted for parts of the Northland. (Jed Carlson/jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)

Duluth News Tribune

The forecast snowfall totals from a major winter storm approaching the Northland have increased overnight, with the National Weather Service now calling for 10 to 14 inches of snow for the Twin Ports through midday Friday.

Areas to the east, along the North Shore and in Northwestern Wisconsin, may see up to 18 inches of snow by the time storm exits the region.

The Weather Service reports that light snow is forecast to begin this morning, with heavier snow developing this afternoon and the worst of the storm expected this evening into early Friday morning. Strong northwest winds - perhaps gusting to 40 mph tonight and Friday - will cause significant blowing and drifting snow. Whiteout conditions are possible.

The snow is forecast to be wet and heavy, which may cause damage to trees and power lines.

A winter storm warning is in effect for Duluth, Superior, the Iron Range, International Falls, the North Shore, Cloquet, the Interstate 35 corridor, Grand Rapids, Aitkin and all of Northwestern Wisconsin from 9 a.m. today through noon Friday. A winter storm warning also is in effect from 9 a.m. today to noon Friday for the Twin Cities.

After highs in the 30s today, temperatures will plummet overnight, into the single digits above zero. Highs on Friday are forecast to reach only the teens, with lows below zero on Friday night.

By next week, the Northland may once again see some days on which highs struggle to climb above zero. 

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