UPDATE: Less Snow Now Expected In Minnesota + Wisconsin Beginning Sunday
It appears that for the third week in a row, a winter storm will bring significant snowfall and dangerous travel conditions to the Northland.
To prepare everyone in the areas of impact, the National Weather Service in Duluth issued Winter Storm Watches and Hazardous Weather Outlooks during the weekend as the winter storm is expected to begin as early as Sunday.
UPDATE: The National Weather Service downgraded the Winter Storm Watch to a the following Winter Weather Advisory:
WHAT: Snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 2 to 5 inches. Some localized amounts around 6 inches are possible. Winds gusting as high as 35 mph.
WHERE: Minnesota, Southern Lake and Carlton and South St. Louis Counties. In Wisconsin, Douglas, Bayfield, Ashland and Iron Counties. This includes the Tribal Lands of the Red Cliff Band, the Fond du Lac Band, the northwestern area of the Lacdu Flambeau Band and the Bad River Reservation.
WHEN: From 8 PM this evening to 6 PM CST Monday.
IMPACT: Plan on slippery road conditions. The hazardous
conditions could impact the morning or evening commute.
While some will experience an icy, wintery mix other parts of the region will see wet, heavy snow with accumulations of up to 8 inches possible.
The Twin Ports area is expected to experience the highest snowfall totals from the storm and National Weather Service issued the following Winter Storm Warning on Saturday:
WHAT: Heavy snow is possible. Total snow accumulations of 4 to 8 inches are possible. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph.
WHERE: In Minnesota, Southern Lake, Carlton, and South St. Louis Counties. In Wisconsin, Douglas, Bayfield, Ashland, and Iron Counties. This includes the Tribal Lands of the northwestern area of the Lac du Flambeau Band, the Fond du Lac Band, the Bad River Reservation, and the Red Cliff Band.
WHEN: From Sunday evening through Monday afternoon.
IMPACTS: Travel could be very difficult. Patchy blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening commute.
ADDITIONAL DETAILS: The track of this system is still uncertain which will affect snow amounts, so please stay tuned to the forecast.
The National Weather Service also provided a series of helpful graphics on its Facebook page to break down what people should expect.
It appears the Twin Ports area, including northwest Wisconsin, will see the most snowfall from this storm.
Hopefully, you haven't put your shovel away quite yet as March is certainly coming in like a lion.
The good news is that this storm should be gone by Tuesday and we will be one day closer to Daylight Saving weekend. Remember to set those clocks ahead on Sunday, March 12.