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Snow, heavy on the South Shore, then cold coming

Students take to the St. Marie Street to walk to class in heavy snowfall in 2014. (file / News Tribune)

Snow was expected to spread across much of the Northland Thursday night into Friday with heavy lake-effect snow on Wisconsin's South Shore during the day Friday.

Two inches or so across was expected across much of Northwestern Wisconsin, the National Weather Service in Duluth reported Thursday.

But colds winds blowing across the relatively warm waters of Lake Superior are expected to spur heavy lake-effect snow — up to a foot or more in the snow belt east of Ashland.

The heaviest snow is expected to fall Friday morning into Friday afternoon. Strong winds could even produce a brief period of blizzard-like conditions along U.S. Highway 2 and State Highway 77 on Friday afternoon, the Weather Service warned.

The Weather Service say snowfall amounts will vary drastically even over short distances, with 2-4 inches expected in Ashland but a foot or so in Mellen and other snowbelt towns.

After the snow moves out quickly Friday temperatures are expected to drop into the single digits across much of the Northland for morning lows Saturday. Temperatures should moderate into next week with lows in the teens and highs in the 20s.

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