Heavy snow expected starting Thursday afternoon for Twin Ports
Expected snowfall totals are reduced for most areas.
DULUTH — Expected snowfall totals have been reduced, but the winter storm forecast for the Northland is still on track to bring heavy snow to the region Thursday afternoon into Friday.
The National Weather Service in Duluth has issued a winter storm warning for the Arrowhead region of Minnesota, including Duluth, from 10 a.m. Thursday until 1 p.m. Friday. A winter storm warning also is in effect for the northern tier of counties in Wisconsin and into Michigan’s Upper Peninsula from 10 a.m Thursday to 1 a.m. Saturday.
The Twin Ports area is now forecast to see 6-8 inches of new snow starting late Thursday morning with snowfall rates increasing in the afternoon, with a lull expected overnight and then snow Friday into Saturday.
The South Shore snowbelt near Lake Superior could see 12-18 inches with lake-effect snow continuing into early Saturday.
Strong north winds could create whiteout conditions for parts of the North and South shores.
Because the snow is expected to be especially heavy and wet, the Weather Service warns that it could add significant snow loads to already stressed structures. Duluth has seen more than 114 inches of snow already this winter with about 3 feet still on the ground. Some areas of the Northland are reporting 4 feet of snow on the ground, the Weather Service noted.
After a high in the mid-30s Thursday, temperatures are expected to drop, with highs in the lower 20s Friday, the mid-20s on Saturday and mid-30s on Sunday.