Winter storm set to hit Northland

The widespread storm will bring heavy snow, near-blizzard conditions along the North Shore and strong winds.

Snow amounts expected from a winter storm on Dec. 26 and 27. Contributed / U.S. National Weather Service Duluth
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Holiday travelers should prepare to take caution if traveling Sunday evening to Monday morning. A winter storm is set to move through the Northland from Sunday evening into Monday. Winter storm and winter weather advisories are in effect for most of the Northland.

The storm is expected to begin between 6 p.m. Sunday and midnight and continue through Monday afternoon for much of the region. The heaviest snow is expected along the North Shore as well as along the higher elevations of Douglas and Bayfield counties. Snowfall rates of 1-2 inches an hour are possible along the North Shore with near-blizzard conditions possible.

Predicted snowfall amounts range from 6-8 inches for much of the Northland with 8-12 inches predicted for Duluth and Grand Marais. Silver Bay and Isabella could see 12-18 inches of lake effect snow.

There is also a gale warning in effect for portions of the North Shore and outer Apostle Islands for Sunday night into Monday with gusts of up to 46 miles per hour possible. Another gale warning has been issued for the South Shore and Apostle Islands for Monday afternoon and evening with gusts up to 40-60 miles per hour.

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