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Snow moving into Northland; warnings, advisories in effect

By Andrew Krueger

Duluth News Tribune

Snow is falling in much of the Northland and causing difficult driving conditions this morning as a winter storm continues to take aim at the region.

Much of the region from the Iron Range south is in line to see 3 to 5 inches of new snow, the National Weather Service reported. Duluth, Superior and the South Shore may see higher totals from lake-enhanced snowfall thanks to northeast winds moving across the relatively warm waters of Lake Superior -- so the Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning remains for those areas through Sunday morning.

Snowfall in the warning area -- which includes southern St. Louis, Carlton, Douglas, Bayfield, Ashland and Iron counties -- may reach 4 to 8 inches, the Weather Service reported, with locally higher amounts. Areas in higher terrain will have the best chance for the greatest snow totals, while areas right along the Lake Superior shore may see lesser snowfall. The Weather Service noted that with lake-effect and lake-enhanced snow, accumulations can vary quite a bit from one area to the next.

The warning is in effect until 4 a.m. Sunday for the Twin Ports and noon Sunday for the South Shore. The heaviest snowfall is expected from late this morning into this afternoon.

A winter weather advisory is in effect for central St. Louis County (including the Iron Range), southern Lake County (including Two Harbors), Aitkin, Pine, Burnett, Washburn and Sawyer counties through Sunday morning for the potential for 3 to 5 inches of snow.

The Minnesota and Wisconsin departments of transportation are reporting snow-covered roads and difficult driving conditions in much of the Northland.

Check back to www.duluthnewstribune.com for weather updates through the weekend.

Colder air is forecast to reach the Northland in the wake of the snow, with highs in Duluth forecast to reach only the teens on Sunday. Lows Sunday night may fall to near zero across much of the region.

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