Ice storm warning downgraded to freezing rain advisory
An ice storm warning that had been in effect for the Duluth, Cloquet and Two Harbors areas overnight has been downgraded to a freezing rain advisory that is in effect until 2 p.m. today.
Temperatures increased a few degrees overnight into the mid-30s, the National Weather Service reported, which limited ice accumulation. However, as precipitation moves back into the Northland this morning conditions may cool again, allowing for localized ice accumulations of perhaps a tenth to a quarter-inch.
The best chance for icing will be in 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.
As of 5:45 a.m., the Minnesota Department of Transportation reported that main highways in the Northland were in good driving condition.
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 a few inches of 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.