Ice storm warning issued for Duluth, Cloquet, Two Harbors
The National Weather Service has issued an ice storm warning for the Duluth, Cloquet and Two Harbors areas from 9 p.m. tonight through 2 p.m. Monday.
Another round of freezing rain is expected to move into the warning area late tonight and linger through the midday hours on Monday. Ice accumulations may reach a quarter-inch to a half-inch, particularly along the higher terrain from Cloquet and Esko, to Proctor, Hermantown and Duluth, and up the North Shore. That includes parts of Interstate 35 and Minnesota Highway 61.
In addition to icing on roads and sidewalks, strong easterly winds gusting to 40 mph may combine with the icing to bring down trees and power lines.
The Weather Service reports that the most significant icing is expected between about 4 a.m. and noon on Monday.
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In the wake of the 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.