Winter storm watch issued for Twin Ports
For a second straight year, it appears Old Man Winter has decided to extend his stay in the Northland deep into spring - much to the chagrin of golfers, sports teams, anglers and other outdoor enthusiasts.
The National Weather Service on Monday issued a winter storm watch for much of the Northland - including the Twin Ports and all of Northwestern Wisconsin - to be in effect from late Tuesday night through Thursday morning. The watch also includes Two Harbors, Cloquet and the Interstate 35 corridor.
Snowfall may reach 6 to 12 inches in the watch area, with the heaviest amounts expected from Brainerd east through Carlton County and across northern Wisconsin. A sharp drop-off in snow totals is expected from Duluth north.
The bulk of the snow is forecast to fall during the day on Wednesday, said Carol Christenson, warning coordination meteorologist with the Weather Service in Duluth. Light snow should begin to fall during the morning hours and pick up in intensity during the day before tapering off in the evening.
And, Christenson noted, “not only are we going to have that snow all day, but it’s going to be very windy” - with 30 to 35 mph gusts out of the east, off Lake Superior.
The snow that falls will be heavy, wet, “slippery” snow that can make driving particularly difficult, Christenson said. That may mean trouble for the afternoon commute on Wednesday; check duluthnewstribune.com for forecast updates.
Any new snow will be a setback for those looking to get out on sports fields and golf courses that had seen a big reduction in snow cover in recent days. The snow depth at the Duluth airport was 7 inches on Monday, down from 26 inches a week ago.
Duluth's seasonal snowfall stands at 118.1 inches, good for seventh place on the list of the city's snowiest winters. The city is 1 inch from tying the winter of 1988-89 for the sixth snowiest. The record is 135.4 inches, set in 1995-96.
Duluth has received 13.4 inches of snow so far this month; the average is 4 inches. Last April the city received 50.8 inches of snow, the snowiest month on record in Duluth.
SNOWIEST WINTERS IN DULUTH
1. 1995-96, 135.4 inches
2. 1949-50, 131.8 inches
3. 2012-13, 129.4 inches
4. 1996-97, 128.2 inches
5. 1968-69, 121 inches
6. 1988-89, 119.1 inches
7. 2013-14, 118.1 inches (so far)
8. 1970-71, 116.9 inches
9. 1964-65, 110.8 inches
10. 2003-04, 109.9 inches