…Winter Storm Update…
Widespread light snow continues across the Northland as of Noon today with bands of moderate to heavy snowfall embedded in the larger area of light snow. Expect narrow intense bands of snow to continue into the afternoon with up to an inch per hour snowfall rates in northwest Wisconsin, and adjacent areas of eastern Minnesota.
Snow continues to lift north/northeast across the upper Midwest this afternoon as strong lift associated with a mid-upper level trough swings through the area.
Note: Radar loop ending at 11:15 AM Thursday.
•Winter storm warning for all of northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin through mid to late this evening.
•For Duluth and Superior — Winter Storm Warning continues until Midnight tonight.
•Expect very difficult travel conditions through this evening. Visibilities will be reduced to under a mile at times due to the snow. Areas of blowing snow will also occur through tonight. Roads will be snow covered and slippery.
Link to road conditions
Wisconsin — https://511wi.gov/map
Note: MNDOT reports travel not advised between MN 65 (McGregor) and 1st street (Cromwell) as of 10:23 AM Thursday.
12z NAM-WRF model 2-7-19
1) Snow continues across the Northland this afternoon.
2) Snow tapers off from west to east by mid or late this evening.
3) Gusty winds out of the north to northwest through Friday morning resulting in areas of blowing and drifting snow even after the accumulating snow ends.
Note: I’ve bumped up snow totals in the Duluth area to 9 to 12 inches with already widespread reports of 6 to around 8 inches of snow as of 10 AM Thursday, and with snow continuing through the afternoon, we should be able to reach the 9 to 12 inch range.
Snowfall rates have been very impressive in parts of Duluth this morning, nearly 2 inch per hour snowfall rates at times this morning.
Impressive thermal gradient remains in place today, ranging from -26C in western North Dakota to +6C in southern Wisconsin — This temperature gradient is helping to spin up a powerful winter storm today!
500mb analysis — Height falls ahead of this trough range from 90 to 150 meters/6 hours. Very impressive!
Goes-16 enhanced infrared satellite loop from Thursday, February 7, 2019.
This storm is now starting to take on a slight negative tilt as it starts to deepen as it crosses through the upper Midwest on its way to the Great Lakes by later today.
A powerful winter storm will continue to affect the upper Midwest through the afternoon as a potent trough swings through the area, while low pressure deepens as it heads northeast out of central Illinois.
Snowfall Reports for February 6-7, 2019
Note: Totals listed below are through 7-10 AM Thursday.
2 NNW Gary New Duluth, MN: 8.0 inch
10 E Fort Ripley, MN: 8.0 inch
1 N Federal Dam, MN: 8.0 inch
Baxter, MN: 7.5 inch
7 SSW Grand Rapids, MN: 6.9 inch
2 NW Duluth, MN: 6.9 inch
Duluth Airport: 6.9 inch (Total thru 10:30 AM Thursday)
1 WNW Cass Lake, MN: 6.5 inch
1 NNE Cloquet, MN: 6.2 inch
5 NW Walker, MN: 6.0 inch
2 SSW Bayfield, WI: 5.8 inch
International Falls, MN: 5.6 inch
2 E Esko, MN: 5.1 inch
Wrenshall, MN: 5.0 inch
2 ESE Cohasset, MN: 5.0 inch
Bigfork, MN: 5.0 inch
4 ENE Hermantown, MN: 4.7 inch
Willow River, MN: 4.5 inch
14 W Isabella, MN: 4.5 inch
2 E Celina, MN: 4.5 inch
7 ESE Superior, WI: 4.0 inch
Ashland, WI: 3.5 inch
1 E Ely, MN: 3.0 inch
7 WSW Hovland, MN: 2.0 inch
1 NW Mellen, WI: 1.3 inch