UPDATE: NWS Issues Warnings As 20 Inches Of Snow Could Impact Portions Of Minnesota
They say that March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb, so I think it's safe to say we're more than ready for that lamb to show up.
Every week in March has had significant snow predicted for much of Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin and that is once again the case during Daylight Saving weekend. It shouldn't be too shocking since a Minnesota state high school tournament is happening.
Earlier in the week, weather experts were tracking a storm that could potentially deliver 8 to 12 inches of snow in parts of Minnesota. The weekend is now here, and so too is the winter storm. The National Weather Service issued an update Saturday on what that means to Minnesota and more specifically, the Northland as Duluth and cities along the North Shore are expected to experience the largest amounts of snowfall.
UPDATE: On Saturday morning, the National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Warning for most of northern Minnesota and parts of northwest Wisconsin, updating their forecast to include higher snowfall expectations. They also issued a Blizzard Warning for a portion of Minnesota.
The Winter Storm Warning for the Duluth area states:
- WHAT: Heavy snow. Additional snow accumulations of 7 to 12 inches, except 10 to 16 inches for the higher terrain of the North Shore.
- WHERE: Carlton and South St. Louis County. This includes the Tribal Lands of the Fond du Lac Band.
- WHEN: Until 1 AM CDT Monday.
- IMPACTS: Travel could be very difficult to impossible.
- PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS: If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.
They also provided updated graphics on their Facebook page related to storm expectations. The first shows a large portion of Minnesota, and a portion of northwest Wisconsin has been placed in a Winter Storm Warning. There is also an area in northwest Minnesota under a Blizzard Warning.
Another graphic gives expected snowfall totals for the Northland, with Duluth falling into the 8"-14" range. You can see the expected snowfall totals increase as you go up the Northshore, with Silver Bay potentially seeing the most snow of cities in that area.
The final graphic shows their expected timing for this storm. They even provide city-by-city estimates to help people within those areas best prepare.
If you have travel plans, regardless of the reason, please make sure to check for weather updates and advisories, and always check road conditions if you have to drive.
The latest road conditions can be obtained by calling 5 1 1. Road conditions can also be found at 511mn.org for Minnesota or 511wi.gov for Wisconsin.