Winter storm watch issued for parts of the Northland; additional icing possible tonight
A winter storm watch is in effect for the Twin Ports, Iron Range, Cloquet and Two Harbors tonight through Monday morning for the potential for additional, more significant freezing rain that may accumulate on roads, trees, power lines and other surfaces.
That follows the light freezing rain that fell in parts of the region earlier today.
The National Weather Service reports that any ice accumulation tonight will be accompanied by strong east-northeast winds of 20 to 30 mph with gusts to 40 mph, which may cause additional problems with downed trees and power lines.
The winter storm watch is in effect from 7 p.m. Sunday through noon Monday, when rain expected to move into the region today may give way to freezing rain as temperatures drop to the low 30s overnight. The Weather Service reports that ice accumulation - if it happens - will vary greatly across the area. But the areas at greatest risk of seeing a quarter-inch or more of ice are from Cloquet to Duluth and up the North Shore to near Finland.
Check back to www.duluthnewstribune.com for forecast updates today.
In the wake of tonight's potential freezing rain, Monday will bring another blustery, wet day to the Northland with highs struggling to reach 40 degrees in Duluth. Monday night and Tuesday may see another changeover to freezing rain and snow - with some snow accumulation possible in the region. Light rain, sleet, snow and below-normal temperatures are in the forecast for Wednesday and Thursday, too.
The prolonged precipitation may cause some rivers and streams - already running high with spring snowmelt - to rise in the coming days, the Weather Service reported.
A warm-up is in the forecast for late in the week, with highs in the 50s possible by Saturday - though that's just about where temperatures in the Northland should be, on average, at this time of year.
Duluth's seasonal snowfall stands at 130.2 inches, the third-snowiest winter on record in the city. Second place is 131.8 inches, set in the winter of 1949-50. The snowiest season on record in Duluth is the winter of 1995-96, when 135.4 inches fell.