More snow in the forecast for the Northland tonight, Saturday


Andrew Krueger

Another round of accumulating snow is in the forecast for the Northland for Friday night into Saturday, as the region's early-season plunge into winter continues.

The National Weather Service said much of the region may see a few inches of snow by Saturday morning - as hunters head into the woods for Minnesota’s firearms deer season opener. The greatest snow totals area expected in an east-west band between the Twin Ports and Twin Cities, from Brainerd and Aitkin east into Northwestern Wisconsin.

"Snow will spread from west to east across northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin late today into this evening," the Weather Service reported Friday morning. "Generally 1 to 3 inches of snowfall is expected late today through tonight, except for an area of higher amounts of 3 to 5 inches across parts of east-central Minnesota into northwest Wisconsin ... The most intense snowfall rates will occur during the evening hours tonight with heavy snowfall rates possible for a brief period."

On Saturday, the snow may mix with or change over to rain -- especially in southern areas. Areas to the north of the Iron Range and along the higher terrain of the North Shore may see some additional couple inches of snow, the Weather Service reported. A light rain-snow mix also is in the forecast for Sunday.

So far this season, the Duluth airport has received 15.5 inches of snow -- more than a foot above average for this point in the season. At this time last year, Duluth had seen only a trace of snow.

Here's a list of the advisories issued as of Friday morning:

Brainerd, Aitkin

Winter weather advisory from 4 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Saturday. Snowfall of 2 to 5 inches expected.

Hinckley, Grantsburg, Spooner, Hayward

Winter weather advisory from 6 p.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Saturday. Snowfall of 2 to 5 inches expected.