Took a while for the steadier snow to reach Duluth today, but it finally did late this afternoon, and it should continue to snow through the evening before tapering off later tonight. This won’t be a blockbuster snowstorm in Duluth (never was suppose to be) but there should be enough snow to cause some travel issues tonight into Tuesday morning especially with the colder temperatures that have moved in which has led to wet/slushy roads refreezing, then you throw in a few inches of fluffy snow tonight and you have the makings for some tricky travel conditions with snow/ice covered roads.
4:50 PM Radar image – Snow is moving south/southwest across the Northland early this evening with heavier snowfall in purple colors.
*Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until Midnight tonight including the cities of Isabella, Two Harbors, Silver Bay, Grand Marais, Duluth, Cloquet, Moose Lake, Hinckely, Grantsburg, Spooner and Hayward.
*Winter Storm Warning in effect until 6 AM Tuesday including the cities of Superior, Washburn and Bayfield.
*Winter Storm Warning in effect until Noon Tuesday including the cities of Ashland, Gile and Hurley.
*Winter Weather Advisory in effect until Midnight tonight including the cities of International Falls, Ely, Hibbing, Bigfork, Grand Rapids, Hill City, Aitkin, Brainerd and Walker.
*Plan on slippery road conditions and reduced visibilities due to snow and areas of blowing snow.
*Travel could be very difficult to impossible along the South Shore of Lake Superior.
Note: There’s been reports of 1 to 3 inches of snow today (thru 4 PM) in parts of northwest Wisconsin per NWS Duluth storm reports.
Minnesota – https://lb.511mn.org/
Wisconsin – https://511wi.gov/
Here is my updated snowfall forecast through 6 AM Tuesday.
*5 to 8 inches of snow with locally higher amounts possible along the South Shore including Port Wing, Bayfield, Ashland and Gile.
*3 to 5 inches of snow in the Arrowhead, North Shore into most of northwest Wisconsin including Grand Marais, Silver Bay, Two Harbors, Solon Springs, Holyoke, Minong and Hayward.
*1 to 3 inches of snow for Ely, Hibbing, Duluth, Superior, Cloquet, Moose Lake and Sandstone.
*An inch or less of snow for far western portions of the Northland from International Falls to Grand Rapids to Aitkin.
18z NAM-WRF model radar forecast valid until Noon Tuesday.
Snow (blue colors on map) will continue this evening in parts of the Northland. Snow ends from W-E later this evening/overnight except along the South Shore of Lake Superior where lake effect snow showers will continue into early Tuesday afternoon while the rest of the area sees some sun break out.
A strong area of low pressure was located over eastern Upper Michigan/southeast Lake Superior late this afternoon. This low will move slowly E-NE through Tuesday (red line=storm track)
The second part of this winter storm is lifting north out of lower Michigan today. Quite the system with a plume of moisture stretching from the Atlantic Ocean into eastern/central Canada, and south into the upper Midwest and upper Great Lakes.
Low temperature forecast for Tuesday morning, December 31. Source: https://graphical.weather.gov/
High temperature forecast for Tuesday, December 31.
Outlook for Duluth and Superior
*Winter Storm Warning for Duluth until Midnight tonight*
*Winter Storm Warning for Superior until 6 AM Tuesday*
-Light snow with some blowing snow tonight. Total snowfall accumulations of 1 to 3 inches. Colder tonight with lows in the teens. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 20 mph with gusts to 25 mph.
-Some sunshine returns Tuesday with highs around 20 degrees which is close to normal for the final day of December. Winds northwest 10 to 20 mph with gusts to 25 mph.
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