Expect light snow, gusty winds, falling temperatures in Northland todayA few inches of new snow and gusty winds are creating difficult driving conditions in parts of the Northland this morning.
By: News Tribune staff, Duluth News Tribune
A few inches of new snow and gusty winds are creating difficult driving conditions in parts of the Northland this morning.
The National Weather Service reported 3.4 inches of snow at the Duluth airport from Wednesday afternoon through 6 a.m. Thursday. International Falls reported 3.1 inches of snow, and a weather observer at Cook reported 3.2 inches.
Meanwhile, as of 6 a.m. winds were gusting in excess of 30 mph in parts of the region. Grand Rapids reported west winds gusting to 37 mph, with northwest winds gusting to 28 mph at International Falls. The gusty winds are forecast to arrive in the Twin Ports during the morning hours.
The winds are causing areas of blowing snow, and that has prompted the Weather Service to issue a winter weather advisory for the Twin Ports, Cloquet, Iron Range, North Shore, International Falls and Grand Rapids areas until 4 p.m.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation reported difficult driving conditions in Duluth and on the Iron Range as of 6:30 a.m. In more open areas of western Minnesota where blizzard conditions were occurring, MnDOT had closed several highways and recommended no travel.
The gusty winds are ushering in falling temperatures. At 6 a.m. it was 27 degrees at the Duluth airport, but just 10 above at International Falls and 4 above at Baudette. Temperatures will fall into the single digits across all of the region today, with lows below zero tonight.
Another storm system will bring the chance for several inches of snow in the Northland from Friday night into Saturday.