Winter Storm Update (early Monday afternoon)

1:51 PM Monday, February 21, 2022

Reports of over 12″ to nearly 18″ of snow already around the Washburn, WI area in the Bayfield Peninsula of northwest Wisconsin.

Snowfall amounts of about 4-6″ so far in Duluth with a lot of blowing and drifting snow with NE winds gusting >50 mph at the Duluth Harbor today.

Radar loop ending at 1:40 PM Monday — Widespread snow continues to move ENE across much of the Northland as of mid-afternoon with heavier snowfall rates in the green colors on the animation below.

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Snowfall Reports for Monday, February 21, 2022

Note: Totals listed below are through early Monday afternoon

5 SW Washburn, WI: 17.5″
4 W Washburn, WI: 15.5″
2 WSW Washburn, WI: 13.0″
2 WNW Washburn, WI: 11.8″
3 NNE Duluth, MN: 5.8″
5 W Pine Center, MN: 5.0″
2 NW Duluth, MN: 4.5″
Ashland, WI: 4.3″
4 WNW Red Cliff, WI: 4.0″
1 SW Hinckley, MN: 4.0″
3 E Payne, MN: 3.0″
2 NW Bayfield, WI: 3.0″
Gordon, WI: 3.0″
3 N Amnicon Falls State Park, WI: 2.6″

Very strong northeast winds have been occurring closer to Lake Superior today with wind gusts over 50 mph reported at Duluth Sky Harbor Airport. We’ve seen considerable amounts of blowing and drifting snow near Lake Superior today with periods of near whiteout conditions due to the falling and blowing snow.


Favorable conditions have been present for lake effect snow and lake enhanced snow today from the Twin Ports east to the Bayfield Peninsula with NE winds running down the length of the lake while a very cold air mass moves over the lake.

We’ve seen rather large snowflakes at times in parts of the Northland today and that is thanks to a deep dendritic growth layer. Larger snowflakes accumulate more efficiently compared to smaller snowflakes.

Short Term conditions won’t be changing much as will continue to see snow across much of the Northland except in far northern Minnesota (Borderland area) through early this evening.

There will likely be narrower bands of moderate to heavy snowfall rates embedded in this band of lighter snow through 6 PM today.

Thanks for reading!

Tim

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