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Winter storm warning issued for most of the Northland

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Duluth News Tribune

Pop a couple Advil and keep the shovel close by the door: Another winter storm is bearing down on the Northland.

The National Weather Service in Duluth says a powerful storm with ample moisture will drop 6 to 8 inches of new snow across much of the Northland starting Saturday night and lasting until Sunday morning.

As of Friday, forecasters were expecting the heaviest snow in Northwestern Wisconsin and along Minnesota’s North Shore, where 8 to 12 inches of snow may fall in the higher elevations thanks to winds off Lake Superior.

“This will be the biggest storm of what already is the snowiest week of winter,” said Geoff Grochocinski, a meteorologist with the Weather Service in Duluth.

That heavy snow band could still shift north or south, however, depending on how the storm tacks through the region.

“We’re most confident with the heaviest snow falling in Northwestern Wisconsin and the North Shore. Farther north and west, we have less confidence in the amounts,” Grochocinski said.

Snow should start by 8 p.m. Saturday in the Twin Ports. The heaviest snow, falling at an inch or more per hour, is expected to fall between about 9 p.m. Saturday and 3 a.m. Sunday.

Areas near the North Shore of Lake Superior could see vastly reduced visibility because of winds off the lake.

A winter storm warning is posted from 6 p.m. Saturday to 9 a.m. Sunday for much of the Northland except for northern Itasca and Koochiching counties, where less snow is expected and a winter weather advisory is posted.

The storm probably will push Duluth above 60 inches for the winter so far and, for the first time since October, ahead of normal snowfall for the season. That’s after being more than a foot below normal just eight days ago.

In the past week Duluth has received nearly 15 inches of new snow according to the official observations at the airport, with some parts of the region topping 20 inches.

Some of the snow that does fall will start melting quickly, however, with sunny skies and high temperatures expected to rise well into the 30s for most of next week.

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