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Winter storm warnings, advisories issued for the Northland

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Andrew Krueger

Forum News Service

A fast-moving storm may bring a half-foot of snow to parts of the region from this evening through Friday afternoon, the National Weather Service reported.

"Snow will begin in central Minnesota late Thursday afternoon and spread northeastward across the Northland during the evening. A band of heavy snow will likely develop during the early morning hours Friday and lift northward through northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin, resulting in snow rates up to 1 inch per hour," the Weather Service reported.

The heaviest snow is expected along the North Shore, where snowfall may reach 4 to 7 inches and a winter storm warning is in effect. The forecast for the Twin Ports calls for 4 to 6 inches of snow.

There may also be some freezing drizzle mixed in with the snow, especially in Northwestern Wisconsin.

The Friday morning commute, in particular, is in line to be affected by the storm. The precipitation is expected to exit the region Friday afternoon.

Another round of accumulating snow is possible in Northland from late Saturday into Sunday.

Check back to www.duluthnewstribune.com for updates.

Here's a roundup of watches and advisories in effect for Thursday and Friday:

Duluth, Superior, Cloquet, Hibbing, Virginia, Ashland, Bayfield, Hurley

Winter weather advisory in effect from 9 p.m. Thursday to noon Friday. Snow and mixed precipitation expected, with 4 to 6 inches of snow possible along with freezing drizzle.

Two Harbors, Grand Marais

Winter storm warning from 9 p.m. Thursday to noon Friday. Heavy snow expected, with 4 to 7 inches of snow. Some locally higher amounts possible.

Ely, Grand Rapids

Winter weather advisory in effect from 9 p.m. Thursday to noon Friday. Accumulating snow expected, with 2 to 4 inches possible.

Hayward, Spooner, Grantsburg, Aitkin, Hinckley

Winter weather advisory in effect from 6 p.m. Thursday to noon Friday. Snow and mixed precipitation expected, with 3 to 5 inches of snow possible along with freezing drizzle.

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