Two low-pressure systems are approaching the Northland Thursday morning, one from the northwest and one from the southwest. These will converge, resulting in rain and snow showers and increasing winds throughout the day. The main concern will be the potential for ice accumulation due to freezing rain in the mix. This is most likely for Cass, Crow Wing, Aitkin, and Itasca counties, but we can't rule out the potential for a light glaze reaching the Twin Ports and extending across the South Shore as the system passes.
Precipitation will begin light early in the morning, but the wintry mix of rain and snow will be falling steadily beginning around 10 a.m. and continuing into the afternoon. Roads will likely become a sloppy mess in this time period. The steady showers taper off west to east heading into the evening hours with isolated snow showers lingering tonight in the wake of the cold front.
Winds also pick up behind the system Thursday evening, spilling into a blustery and chilly Friday under more sun than clouds. Temperatures will drop into the low teens and single digits heading into Saturday morning.
THURSDAY: Steady rain and snow showers. High 38. WNW wind around 5 mph becoming 10-15 mph by evening.
FRIDAY: Partly cloudy, cooler, and blustery. High 30. WNW wind 15-20 mph.
SATURDAY: Partly cloudy. High 32. E 2-8 mph.
SUNDAY: Mostly cloudy with a slight chance for snow arriving late. High 36.