1/31/11: Monday’s Weather Report

Issued at 3:48 PM CST, Monday, January 31st, 2011

A narrow band of heavy lake effect snow affected parts of the Twin Ports early This Morning.  Snowfall totals as is usually the case with lake effect events varied widely within very short distances, in this instance around 3.0″ was reported in West Duluth, while 6-8 miles off to the east…snowfall totals of 7-9+” were reported.  A similar freak lake effect snow event occurred on December 4th, 2007, but that one targeted the West End and West Duluth areas more than other parts of Duluth, 12-18″ of snow was reported with that lake effect snow storm.

Here are some snowfall reports from Monday, January 31st, 2011:  Source:  NWS Duluth, Minnesota.

Duluth, MN (St. Louis county)  7.0″ measured at Sky Harbor Airport at 9:30 AM CST.
Park Point (St. Louis county)  7.5″ measured at 17th street and Minnesota Ave. at 9:15 AM CST.
Park Point (St. Louis county)  9.0″ measured at the intersection of 36th Ave and Minnesota Ave at 8:00 AM CST, the snow began before 3:00 AM CST.
Duluth, MN (St. Louis county)  4.0″ measured at the Coast Guard station on 12th and Minnesota Ave.
Duluth, MN (St. Louis county)  4.0″ measured at the Park Point Fire station on 21st and Minnesota Ave.
West Duluth, MN (St. Louis county)  3.1″

Superior, WI (Douglas county)  4.0″ measured at 1:35 PM CST.
2 miles east of Superior, WI (Douglas county)  8.0″ measured at 1:35 PM CST.

Note:  Additional snow has fallen This Afternoon which may add to the totals listed above.

*WIND CHILL ADVISORY*

The National Weather Service in Duluth, Minnesota has issued a wind chill advisory from Midnight CST Tonight until 9 AM CST Tuesday for the following counties in Minnesota:  Koochiching…Itasca…Cass…Crow Wing…Northern Aitkin…St. Louis…Lake…and Cook.  Some cities included in the advisory are:  International Falls, MN…Bigfork, MN…Grand Rapids, MN…Cass Lake, MN…Walker, MN…Brainerd, MN…Hill City, MN…Duluth, MN…Hibbing, MN…Ely, MN…Two Harbors, MN…Silver Bay, MN…Finland, MN…and Grand Marais, MN.

Impacts:  Wind chill values of 15 below to 35 below late Tonight and Tuesday Morning, coldest values will be north and northeast of the Iron Range.  Frostbite times in a half hour or less will occur under these conditions.

A wind chill advisory means a combination of bitterly cold arctic air and brisk winds will create dangerously cold wind chill values.  If you must venture outdoors be sure to cover all exposed flesh as any exposed flesh can  freeze in 15 to 25 minutes with wind chill values from 25 below to 40 below.  This may result in frost bite and hypothermia if precautions are not taken.

Forecast Discussion for Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin

Today’s Weather:

Strong arctic high pressure 1048mb was building S/SE from Western Canada late Today while an epic winter storm takes shape with low pressure of 1002mb centered near Del Rio, Texas as of 3 PM.  A weaker disturbance has been dropping southeast out of the Northern Plains and this feature has been producing widespread and persistent light snow and flurries Today generally south of the Iron Range.  Heavier lake effect snow showers have been occurring since early This Morning across portions of Northern Douglas and extreme Southeastern St. Louis counties, into Eastern Carlton county with sustanial snow accumulations reported especially near the immediate lakeshore.  High temperatures Today ranged from the single digits in Northern Minnesota to the teens elsewhere.  Winds were out of the north or northeast under 20 mph.

Today’s Upper Level Analysis:

H5 trough was digging south out of the Northern Rockies per water vapor satellite imagery while a seperate H5 low/trough heads east out of the Southwest U.S.  A strong upper level jet 120 knots or greater was found over the Pacific Northwest and from Northern Mexico to Western Texas per RUC model analysis.  A brief shift in the 500mb pattern took place Today with a southwesterly flow covering the Upper Midwest as this complex storm system deepens and begins to phase.  Note:  Parts of 6 states…Including Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Indiana are under Blizzard Warnings while Winter Storm Warnings and Advisories stretch from New Mexico, through the Midwest, to the Northeast U.S. all due to this historic winter storm that is taking shape Today.

Tonight:

Partly to mostly cloudy skies will cover our local area with strong arctic high pressure >1050mb moving into the Northern Rockies.  Light snow and flurries south of the Iron Range will end from northwest to southeast This Evening.  Some locations could see up to an inch of additional snow accumulation before Midnight.  Localized heavy lake effect snow showers will persist This Evening in Douglas county Wisconsin, generally just south-east of the city of Superior…Additional snow accumulations could reach 6″ in that area.  Lows Tonight will be in the single digits below to single digits above zero with minus teens and perhaps a few minus 20s in Northern Minnesota.  Note:  Low temperatures Sunday Night ranged from -18 degrees at International Falls to -17 degrees at Crane Lake to -15 degrees at Kabetogama.  North or northeast winds will continue under 20 mph Tonight.  Wind chill values of 15 below to 35 below zero are expected to develop late Tonight with the coldest readings north of Highway 2 in Minnesota.

Note:  Lake Effect Snow Warning remains in effect until 9 PM CST This Evening for Douglas county Wisconsin with the heaviest snow accumulations expected to occur just outside of the city of Superior.  South Superior, South Range and the Highway 13 route through Northern Douglas county will be impacted the greatest by heavy lake effect snow showers This Evening.  Snowfall rates could reach one inch an hour at times through mid-Evening.

Tuesday and Tuesday Night:

Arctic high pressure of 1050-1055mb will continue to build south/southeast out of the Northern Rockies will strong low pressure of around 995mb tracks northeast out of Eastern Texas, toward Central Indiana by dawn Wednesday.  Northerly winds and cold temperatures will be common throughout our area during this period with partly to mostly cloudy skies on Tuesday and partly cloudy skies Tuesday Night.  Lake effect snow showers or flurries are possible Tomorrow and Tomorrow Night along the South Shore of Lake Superior with a couple inches of accumulation possible.  Highs on Tuesday will be in the single digits to lower teens with lows Tuesday Night in the single digits, teens, and 20s below.  Winds will be out of the north under 20 mph during this period.

Extended Forecast:

Dry weather is expected for Wednesday and Wednesday Night with highs in the single digits and teens with lows in the single digits below to single digits above zero.  The period from Thursday through the upcoming weekend looks unsettled at times as some disturbances and clipper type systems pass through the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest.  Any one of those features could trigger periods of snow showers and flurries.  High temperatures on Thursday will be in the teens and 20s with lows Thursday Night generally in the teens.

5 Day Forecast for Duluth/Superior

*WIND CHILL ADVISORY* for St. Louis county including the city of Duluth
Timing:  12 AM CST Tonight until 9 AM CST Tuesday.

*LAKE EFFECT SNOW WARNING* for Douglas county including the city of Superior
Timing:  Until 9 PM CST Tonight.

.Tonight…  Considerable cloudiness with light snow and flurries, additional accumulations less than one inch.  Occasional heavy lake effect snow showers lingering This Evening, especially just south-southeast of Superior with additional accumulations up to 6″.  Low zero to 5 below.  Wind north to northeast at 10 to 20 mph.  Wind chill values 15 below to 25 below.

.Tuesday…  Partly sunny.  High 5 to 10.  Wind north at 10 to 20 mph.  Morning wind chill values from 15 below to 25 below.

.Tuesday Night…  Partly cloudy.  Low 10 below to 15 below.  Wind northwest at 5 to 15 mph.

.Wednesday…  Partly cloudy.  High 10 to 15.

.Wednesday Night…  Partly to mostly cloudy.  Low zero to 5 above.

.Thursday…  Mostly cloudy.  Flurries or snow showers possible.  High 15 to 20.

.Thursday Night…  Considerable cloudiness.  Flurries possible.  Low 12 to 17.

.Friday…  Considerable cloudiness.  Flurries possible.  High 25 to 30.

Normal temperatures Today

High:  20
Low:  1

Sunrise Tomorrow:  7:33 AM CST
Sunset Tomorrow:  5:12 PM CST

Tim

1/31/11: LAKE EFFECT SNOW WARNING

Issued at 10:49 AM CST, Monday, January 31st, 2011

A localized band of heavy lake effect snow has been hitting parts of Duluth/Superior since early This Morning.

*LAKE EFFECT SNOW WARNING*

The National Weather Service in Duluth, Minnesota has issued a lake effect snow warning until 9 PM CST This Evening for the following counties.  In Minnesota:  Southern St. Louis and Carlton.  In Wisconsin:  Douglas.  Some cities included in the warning are:  Duluth MN…Cloquet MN…Carlton MN…Wrenshall MN…Superior WI…Oliver WI…and South Range WI…

Impacts:  Bands of moderate to heavy lake effect snow with up to one inch an hour snowfall rates will continue through early This Evening near the immediate lakeshore, from Park Point and Sky Harbor, through portions of the city of Superior, these heavier snow showers could also extend farther west-southwest, affecting Downtown Duluth, West End, West Duluth, and Proctor.  Roads will be snow covered and slippery, some blowing snow is also possible.

Total snowfall accumulations will vary considerably ranging from 8-14″ for the Park Point and Sky Harbor areas to between 3-7″ from Downtown Duluth, West End, and West Duluth.  1-3″ is expected farther inland.

Here some snowfall accumulations through 9:00-9:30 AM CST Today per NWS Duluth, Minnesota.

9:30 AM CST:  7.0″ measured at Sky Harbor.  Duluth, MN (St. Louis county)
9:15 AM CST:  7.5″ measured at Park Point, 17th Street.  (St. Louis county)
9:00 AM CST:  2.0″ measured at Superior, WI (Douglas county)
9:03 AM CST:  3.8″ measured 1 mile east-northeast of Superior, WI (Douglas county)
8:00 AM CST:  9.0″ measured at Park Point, Intersection of 36th and Minnesota Ave.  Snow began falling before 3:00 AM Today.

A lake effect snow warning means significant amounts of lake effect snow accumulation are expected that will make travel very hazardous or impossible.  It is common for lake effect snow accumulations and snowfall rates to vary greatly over very short distances.  Some locations may receive one to several inches of snow per hour for a period of several hours.  Very low visibility may occur in the heaviest snow showers.  Let someone know your travel route and expected arrival time and have a working cell phone in case you become stranded.

Tim

1/29/11: Saturday’s Weather Report

Issued at 5:07 PM CST, Saturday, January 29th, 2011

Heavy snow fell north-northeast of Duluth, and also near Lake Superior Friday Night…Here is the snowfall report from Friday, January 28th, 2011.  Source:  NWS Duluth, Minnesota.

Little Marais, MN (Lake county)  11.5″
Silver Bay, MN (Lake county)  10.5″
3 miles northeast of Tofte, MN (Cook county)  9.2″
Gile, WI (Iron county)  8.2″
5 miles northwest of Two Harbors, MN (Lake county)  8.0″
Ely, MN (St. Louis county)  7.5″
Lutsen, MN (Cook county)  7.5″
Montreal, WI (Iron county)  6.0″
Cornucopia, WI (Bayfield county)  6.0″
Beaver Bay, MN (Cook county)  6.0″
Littlefork, MN (Koochiching county)  5.2″
5 miles south of Herbster, WI (Bayfield county)  5.0″
Embarrass, MN (St. Louis county)  5.0″
17 miles northwest of Saginaw, MN (St. Louis county)  5.0″
Cotton, MN (St. Louis county)  4.8″
Ashland, WI (Ashland county)  3.9″
Butternut, WI (Ashland county)  2.5″
Maple, WI (Douglas county)  2.2″
Wrenshall, MN (Carlton county)  2.0″

Note:  Official snowfall total from Friday at the National Weather Service Duluth:  2.8″ with 0.25″ of precipitation.

Weather tidbits:

*January 2011 snowfall total at Duluth, Minnesota (thru the 28th)  16.1″/1.9″ Below Normal
*December 1st 2010-January 28th, 2011 snowfall total at Duluth, Minnesota:  34.2″/1.3″ Above Normal
*Snowfall total so far this winter:  69.8″/20.0″ Above Normal

*Average monthly temperature thru the 28th at Duluth, Minnesota:  6.6 degrees/1.6 degrees Below Normal
*16 nights so far this month with low temperatures at or below zero degrees at Duluth, Minnesota.

Forecast Discussion for Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin

Today’s Weather:

Low pressure which brought the accumulating snow and areas of freezing drizzle to our area Friday Night has moved into the Ohio Valley Today, but a trough extending northwest of this low through Northern-Eastern Minnesota kept skies overcast Today with areas of light snow and flurries, accumulations have been kept to around an inch or less, however.  There has been a very persistent plume of lake effect snow Today over the head of Lake Superior, east-northeast to the Apostle Islands, but the heavier snow showers embedded within this plume have remained off shore, thus only a light dusting of snow has accumulated Today around the Twin Ports toward the Two Harbors area.  There was a wide range in temperatures Today with 20s in Northwest Wisconsin, Twin Ports, and Eastern Minnesota with lower to middle teens in Northern Minnesota.  Winds Today were out of the northwest, north, or east under 20 mph.

Today’s Upper Level Analysis:

Split 500mb flow was in the process of developing with a northwest flow persisting across the Upper Midwest with a strong upper level jet 100 knots or greater covering the Northern Plains, east-southeast through the Southern Great Lakes per RUC model analysis.  Southern branch jet stream covered the Southern states, meanwhile a powerful storm system was affecting Washington State, Oregon, and California Today per water vapor satellite imagery.  The split flow will phase early next week which will help develop a major and widespread winter storm from the Plains to the Northeast U.S. next week.

Tonight:

Inverted trough washes out with areas of light snow and flurries coming to an end.  Exception to this will be along the South Shore of Lake Superior where scattered lake effect snow showers and flurries will linger Tonight with accumulations of 1-2″ possible from Douglas county east to Iron county.  Partly to mostly cloudy skies will be found in our area Tonight with lows in the single digits and teens below to above zero…Coldest temps will be in Northern Minnesota.  Winds Tonight will be out of the north, northwest, or northeast under 20 mph.

Sunday and Sunday Night:

Partly to mostly cloudy skies will continue during this period with scattered lake effect flurries or snow showers near Lake Superior, accumulations will be minimal (around an inch at best) Snow associated with a Northern Rockies disturbance could affect southern parts of our area by Sunday Night, but the heavier snow is expected to remain over the Dakotas and Western-Southern Minnesota where winter storm watches and advisories are in effect.  Highs Tomorrow will be in the single digits and teens with lows Tomorrow Night in the single digits and teens below to above zero.  Winds will be out of the north or northeast at 10-20 mph during this period.

Extended Forecast:

Light snow and flurries are possible Monday through early Tuesday for areas south of the Iron Range, could see up to an inch or two of accumulation around the Brainerd Lakes area with little if any accumulation elsewhere.  Otherwise the main story for our local area during the early to mid part of next week will be the approach of a mammoth 1050+mb arctic high pressure system which will build S/SE out of the Northern Rockies.  High temperatures for Monday and Tuesday will be in the single digits to around 10 above with lows Monday Night and Tuesday Night in the single digits and teens below zero with some 20s below possible in Northern Minnesota.  Looking farther ahead:  Might see another clipper or two move into the Upper Midwest late next week or next weekend, but there are no signs of any big Southern type systems coming this way anytime soon (possibly thru mid-February)

5 Day Forecast for Duluth/Superior

.Tonight…  Light snow and flurries tapering to scattered flurries Overnight.  Accumulations under 1″.  Considerable cloudiness.  Low 7 to 12.  Wind northeast at 5 to 15 mph, becoming north.

.Sunday…  Partly sunny.  Scattered flurries or snow showers.  Little if any accumulation expected.  High 13 to 18.  Wind north at 5 to 15 mph.

.Sunday Night…  Partly to mostly cloudy with flurries.  Low zero to 5 above.  Wind north at 5 to 15 mph.

.Monday…  Mostly cloudy with flurries.  High 10 to 15.

.Monday Night…  Partly to mostly cloudy.  Low 5 below to 10 below.

.Tuesday…  Partly sunny.  High 5 to 10.

.Tuesday Night…  Partly cloudy.  Low 5 below to 10 below.

.Wednesday…  Partly cloudy.  High 5 to 10.

Normal temperatures for Tomorrow

High:  20
Low:  0

Sunrise Tomorrow:  7:36 AM CST
Sunset Tomorrow:  5:09 PM CST

Tim

1/28/11: Friday’s Weather Report

Issued at 3:40 PM CST, Friday, January 28th, 2011

*Winter Storm Warning* remains in effect for Lake and Cook counties Minnesota until 4 PM CST Saturday.

*Winter Weather Advisory* remains in effect for Southern St. Louis and Carlton counties Minnesota and for Douglas, Bayfield, Ashland, and Iron counties Wisconsin until 6 AM CST Saturday.

*Winter Weather Advisory* remains in effect for Midnight CST Tonight for Koochiching, Itasca, Northern Cass, Central and Northern St. Louis counties Minnesota and for Washburn, Sawyer, and Price counties Wisconsin.

Forecast Discussion for Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin

Today’s Weather:

Low pressure of 1002mb has moved into Northwestern Minnesota as of 3 PM.  A strong temperature gradient existed Today across the region with 50s in Western South Dakota and 30s in the Eastern Dakotas while single digits were common just north of Minnesota.  60 degree temperatures were as far north as Southern Nebraska This Afternoon with the 70 degree line to a Garden City to Wichita, Kansas line.  Intense band of snow with hourly rates around an inch developed This Afternoon in Northcentral Minnesota, while spreading east-southeast.  Strong warm advection, frontogenesis, and good upper level divergence helped in developing this band of moderate-heavy snowfall.  The fast movement of this system is limiting the heavy snow to an hour or two, except from the Iron Range through the Arrowhead of Minnesota.  Temperatures Today were in the teens and 20s with winds out of the southeast or east at 10-15 mph with some higher gusts.

Today’s Upper Level Analysis:

Northwest 500mb flow persists Today with a 120 knot jet streak now moving through Northern Wisconsin late Today per RUC model analysis.  A potent disturbance was heading southeast from the Manitoba Lakes region with a tight thermal gradient in place to the south of this system with 850mb temperatures as of 3 PM ranging from +6 degrees C in Southwestern Minnesota to -8 degrees C at Duluth to -16 degrees C around Thunder Bay, Ontario Canada.

Tonight:

Low pressure will track from Northwest Minnesota to Western Wisconsin This Evening to Southwestern lower Michigan by dawn.  A band of moderate to heavy snow will continue to move through Northwestern Wisconsin through 8 PM This Evening with lingering snow showers and flurries persisting in these areas from mid-Evening and through the rest of Tonight.  Snow should be fairly steady This Evening before tapering off to flurries and snow showers late Tonight along and northeast of a line from Northome and Grand Rapids to between Duluth and French River with areas southwest of this line seeing occasional snow showers and flurries Tonight.  Patchy light freezing drizzle could also develop This Evening from the Brainerd Lakes area toward Aitkin and along the I-35 corridor in Minnesota, this risk could also extend into Northwestern Wisconsin.  Lows Tonight will be in the teens and 20s with some single digits in far Northern Minnesota.  Winds This Evening will be out of the south or east, winds late Tonight will be from the east along the North Shore of Lake Superior with southwest or north-northwest winds for the rest of our area.  Wind speeds Tonight will range from 10-20 mph.

Saturday and Saturday Night:

A weak trough will extend northwest into the Upper Midwest during this period with high pressure well to our north.  Lingering flurries and snow showers with under 1″ additional accumulation can be expected in Northern Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin Tomorrow and Tomorrow Night with a considerable amount of clouds.  Highs on Saturday will be in the teens and 20s with lows Saturday Night in the single digits and teens below zero in Northern Minnesota with single digits below to around 10 above zero readings for the rest of our area.  Winds will be out of the east, north, or northwest under 20 mph during this period.

Note:  E/NE winds will cause lake effect snow showers along the North Shore of Lake Superior Tonight and Saturday, the majority of this should remain northeast of the Twin Ports.  Winds will begin to back to the north by Saturday Afternoon or Evening which will shift the lake effect snow shower threat to the South Shore, mainly affecting Bayfield, Ashland, and Iron counties.

Snowfall storm totals for Tonight:

Due to the quick moving nature of this system, snowfall totals should be in the 1-3″ range with 3-6″ totals occurring along and north-northeast of Highway 2 with amounts of 6-9″ possible along the North Shore of Lake Superior from French River and Two Harbors, to Silver Bay, Little Marais, Lutsen, and Grand Marais.

Note:  Additional snowfall accumulations near Lake Superior will range from 1-3″ Saturday and Saturday Night.

Extended Forecast:

Computer models are starting to converge on a solution for next week…It does appear there will be a rather strong area of low pressure that will develop in the Southern Plains early next week before it lifts northeast toward the Ohio Valley around the middle of next week.  Winter storm threat associated with this storm is forecast to remain well to our south/southeast.  We may see some flurries around our area between Monday-Tuesday of next week due to an upper level trough that will settle south-east into the Upper Midwest,  but the big story for our local area will be the approach of a strong 1050+ mb arctic high pressure
system which will build south-southeast out of the Northern Rockies early next week.  High temperatures Monday and Tuesday will be in the single digits with lows Monday Night and Tuesday Night in the single digits and teens below zero with some 20s below certainly possible in Northern Minnesota.

Note:  A northerly flow could lead to some lake effect snow showers at times along the South Shore of Lake Superior from Sunday through Tuesday with some accumulation possible.

5 Day Forecast for Duluth/Superior

*WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY*
Timing:  Until 6 AM CST Saturday.

.Tonight…  Occasional snow This Evening.  Total accumulations 2-4″.  Patchy light freezing drizzle possible This Evening.  Scattered snow showers and flurries Overnight with additional accumulations under an inch.  Low 15 to 20.  Wind east at 10 to 20 mph, becoming south to southwest, then variable Overnight.

.Saturday…  Considerable cloudiness.  Occasional flurries and snow showers.  Accumulations 1″ or less.  High 23 to 28.  Wind north to northeast at 10 to 15 mph.

.Saturday Night…  Mostly cloudy with flurries.  Low 2 to 7 above.

.Sunday…  Partly sunny.  Flurries possible.  High 8 to 13.

.Sunday Night…  Partly to mostly cloudy.  Low 5 below to 10 below.

.Monday…  Partly sunny.  High 5 to 10.

.Monday Night…  Partly to mostly cloudy.  Low 5 below to 10 below.

.Tuesday…  Partly sunny.  High 5 to 10.

Normal temperatures for Today:

High:  19
Low:  0

Sunrise Tomorrow:  7:37 AM CST
Sunset Tomorrow:  5:07 PM CST

Tim

1/28/11: WINTER STORM WARNING/ADVISORY INFORMATION

Issued at 12:34 PM CST, Friday, January 28th, 2011

*WINTER STORM WARNING*

The National Weather Service in Duluth, Minnesota has issued a winter storm warning until 4 PM CST Saturday for the following counties in Northeast Minnesota.  Lake and Cook.  Some cities included in the warning are:  Knife River MN…Two Harbors MN…Silver Bay MN…Finland MN…Little Marais MN…Isabella MN…Forest Center MN…Tofte MN…Lutsen MN…Grand Marais MN…Hovland MN…and Grand Portage MN.

Impacts:  Snow will continue to increase in coverage and intensity This Afternoon in Northeast Minnesota with occasional snow continuing Tonight and Saturday.  Snowfall rates approaching one inch an hour are possible This Afternoon and This Evening with visibility dropping to around a half mile at times.  Roads will become snow covered and travel will be hazardous through Saturday.  Total snowfall accumulations of 6-12″ are expected along the North Shore of Lake Superior with snowfall storm totals of 4-6″ occurring further inland from Lake Superior.

A winter storm warning for heavy snow means heavy snow accumulation is expected and that snowfall rates of one inch per hour or greater can be expected at times.  Expect snow and ice covered roads and visibility less than a quarter mile at times.  Keep a winter survival kit in your vehicle including a flashlight, food, and water.

*WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY*

The National Weather Service in Duluth, Minnesota has issued a winter weather advisory until 6 AM CST Saturday for the following counties.  In Minnesota:  Southern St. Louis and Carlton.  In Wisconsin:  Douglas…Bayfield…Ashland…and Iron.  Some cities included in the advisory are:  Floodwood MN…Duluth MN…Cloquet MN…Moose Lake MN…Superior WI…Poplar WI…Solon Springs WI…Port Wing WI…Cornucopia WI…Bayfield WI…Iron River WI…Drummond WI…Cable WI…Ashland WI…Mellen WI…Butternut WI…Upson WI…Montreal WI…Gile WI…and Hurley WI.

Impacts:  Snow will continue to develop This Afternoon and will become moderate to heavy at times from mid-Afternoon through mid-Evening.  Occasional snow showers will persist Overnight into Saturday.  Visibility could drop as low as one half mile at times This Afternoon and Evening with snowfall rates of one half to one inch an hour possible.  Total snowfall accumulations of 3-5″ are expected in the advisory area with localized greater amounts of 6″.  Roads will become snow covered and slippery through Saturday Morning, travel will be hazardous.

A winter weather advisory for snow means that accumulating snow will cause travel difficulities.  Be prepared for snow covered roads and reduced visibility and use caution while driving.  Allow extra time to reach your destination.

*WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY*

The National Weather Service in Duluth, Minnesota has issued a winter weather advisory until Midnight CST Tonight for the following counties…In Minnesota:  Koochiching…Itasca…Northern Cass…and Northern Aitkin.  In Wisconsin:  Washburn…Sawyer…and Price.  Some cities included in the advisory are:  International Falls MN…Bigfork MN…Togo MN…Grand Rapids MN…Cass Lake MN…Backus MN…Hill City MN…Minong WI…Spooner WI…Hayward WI…Exeland WI…Winter WI…Park Falls WI…and Phillips WI.

Impacts:  Snow will continue to spread east-southeast through Northcentral Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin This Afternoon.  Snow will continue into the Evening before tapering off to flurries and snow showers Overnight and Saturday.  Moderate to heavy snow is possible This Afternoon and Evening with visibility dropping to around one half mile at times with hourly snowfall rates of one half to one inch.  Roads will become snow covered and travel will be hazardous.

Tim