A wind advisory has been issued for all of northeast Minnesota and a small part of northwest Wisconsin – This advisory is in effect tonight through Sunday morning and includes the cities of International Falls, Bigfork, Grand Rapids, Cass Lake, Walker, Brainerd, Aitkin, McGregor, Hinckley, Moose Lake, Cloquet, Duluth, Hibbing, Ely, Two Harbors, Isabella, Silver Bay, Grand Marais, Superior and Solon Springs.
Northwest winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 45 mph are expected in the advisory area. Wind gusts as high as 60 mph are possible on the Bong and Blatnik bridges between Duluth and Superior.
Gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects. Tree limbs could be blown down and a few power outages may result.
Water vapor loop from today shows a powerful low pressure system moving quickly east into Ontario.
On the southern flank of this low is a strong vort max which shows up as yellow colors on the animation below. This vort max is moving east and will move over the Northland tonight into Sunday morning.
Note: Some of the strongest wind gusts today have been occurring near this vort max, with wind gusts of 50 to 60 mph reported at times today across North Dakota. As this vort max moves over the Northland tonight it will combine with strong cold air advection to produce another round of strong winds, this time out of the northwest.
Lake effect snow is forecast to develop along the South Shore of Lake Superior late tonight and will continue into Sunday morning.
A winter weather advisory is in effect from 1 AM to Noon Sunday including Upson, Gile and Hurley. Snowfall accumulations of up to 4 inches are possible in the advisory area.
Winds gusting as high as 45 mph may reduce visibility to less than one-half mile at times. Plan on slippery road conditions.
A few snow showers are also expected across northern and northeastern Minnesota tonight with a coating to around an inch of snow possible.
The other big story tonight will be the return of colder temperatures which will stick around into Sunday.
Mid to upper 40s in Duluth today, Saturday, October 31st, warmest day we’ve seen in Duluth since October 14th (high of 49 degrees)
Note: Highs on Sunday will only be in the low to mid 30s across the Northland.
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