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7 PM Friday – Winter Storm Update

-Winter Storm Warning remains in effect through Saturday evening for all of northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin (pink area on map)

-Snow, heavy at times with areas of blowing snow are likely in the warning area with poor visibility. Note: The heaviest snow is forecast to fall tonight.

-Travel could be very difficult through Saturday.

Source https://www.weather.gov/dlh/

Larger view of the current winter weather headlines.

*Blizzard warning (red)

*Winter storm warning (pink)

*Winter weather advisory (purple)

Source https://www.pivotalweather.com/

Road Conditions

Minnesota https://lb.511mn.org/

Wisconsin https://511wi.gov/

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Widespread snow lifting north/northeast across the Northland this evening. Note: Heavier snow in purple and pink colors.

Low pressure will lift east-northeast out of the Plains tonight reaching eastern Iowa Saturday morning (6 AM) the low will then move over Lake Huron by Saturday evening (6 PM)

Source https://www.spc.noaa.gov/

There’s no shortage of moisture for tonight’s winter storm as a large pool of humid air with PWATS of 0.40-0.90″ streams north into the upper Midwest thanks to a very strong southerly low level jet of 50-60+ knots.

MRMS radar loop ending at 6:50 PM Friday.

Snow continues to lift north/east out of central Minnesota early this evening.

Source https://lab.weathermodels.com/

18z NAM-WRF model radar forecast valid through 6 AM Sunday.

-Widespread snow and areas of blowing snow across the Northland tonight.

-Snow continues Saturday, but it will be of lighter intensity compared to tonight’s snowfall. Light winds early in the day will increase out of the NW during the afternoon with areas of blowing snow.

Source https://weathermodels.com/

Here’s my updated snowfall forecast

*10 to 15 inches of snow along the North Shore including Two Harbors, Silver Bay, Isabella, Tofte and Grand Marais.

*Widespread 6 to 10 inch snow totals for the remainder of the Northland.

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Outlook for Duluth and Superior

*Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 9 PM Saturday*

Rest of tonight – Snow with areas of blowing snow. Low 15 to 20. Wind east to southeast 10 to 20 mph.

Saturday – Light snow. Areas of blowing snow. Total snowfall storm accumulations of 6 to 10 inches possible. High 20 to 25. Wind east 5 to 15 mph becoming northwest 15 to 30 mph during the afternoon.

Saturday night – Breezy with occasional snow showers or flurries. Areas of blowing snow. Little additional snow accumulation. Low around zero. Wind northwest 15 to 25 mph.

Thanks for reading!

Tim

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