Wednesday’s snowfall was just the start of Northland’s winter.
The region saw an average of 1-2 inches of snow Wednesday, and more snow is likely this weekend if temperatures stay below freezing, according to the National Weather Service in Duluth.
Silver Bay received the highest amount Wednesday, where residents saw more than 3 inches of snow. Duluth, however, saw just over 1 inch, said William Leatham, a meteorologist with NWS Duluth.
Higher snow totals along the North Shore can be attributed to the area's terrain and wind speeds, Leatham said.
Although Duluth’s Wednesday inch of snow makes the top-10 snowfalls for that date, it doesn’t near the record. More than 7 inches fell on Nov. 13, 2010, according to the NWS.
The snow isn't done for the week, as more flurries may fall Thursday and over the weekend across the region, Leatham said.
The rest of the week is predicted to be warmer than Wednesday in Duluth with highs ranging from the mid-20s to mid-30s, according to NWS. Superior’s high temperatures will be comparable to Duluth’s, while the highs on the Iron Range will be a few degrees colder.
Above-freezing temperatures could bring a rain/snow mixture on Saturday, which Leatham said could make roads slick if it drops below freezing Saturday night. Weekend temperatures will determine if Wednesday’s snow sticks around.
November typically sees around 13 inches of total snowfall, Leatham said. If snow falls Saturday, the area could be on-track to meet the average.
With winter weather settling in, Leatham reminded people who are traveling to use caution.
“This time of year ... folks will want to take it slowly. Allow extra time to reach your destination if there’s snowfall because those roads are slick,” he said. “Folks, winter is here, and you’ll want to be prepared for it.”