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Several inches of snow expected in Northland on Tuesday

A winter weather advisory -- rare for the winter of 2014-15 in the Northland -- is posted for nearly all of the region for Tuesday with 3 to 5 inches of snow likely, the first significant snowfall in weeks.

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A winter weather advisory - rare for the winter of 2014-15 in the Northland - is posted for nearly all of the region for Tuesday with 3 to 5 inches of snow likely, the first significant snowfall in weeks.

The National Weather Service in Duluth reported Monday night that the heaviest snow is expected to fall on Tuesday south of U.S.Highway 2, especially in Northwestern Wisconsin.

South winds will switch to the north during the day and gust up to 30 mph, making it look and feel like real winter; expect travel conditions to be challenging at times. Snow should taper off by evening.

Southwestern Minnesota is bracing for a blizzard, with more snow and even stronger winds expected to cause whiteout conditions at times Tuesday.

Wednesday and Thursday morning will see another blast of cold air for the Northland. But then the trend is for a warm-up, with some models predicting highs in the 30s by Friday and even 40s possible next week.

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Friday could be the first day with above-freezing temperatures in Duluth since Jan. 24.

Even with the forecast new snow, the winter of 2014-15 in Duluth remains in contention for a spot on the city’s list of top 10 least-snowy winters since records have been kept at the airport.

As of Monday the National Weather Service in Duluth had received just 39.9 inches of snow since last autumn, down 26.3 inches from the usual 66.2 inches of snow by this time of season - and less than half of the 83.8 inches Duluth had received at this time last winter.

Meteorological winter in Duluth ended slightly cooler than normal (-0.2 degrees) after a balmy December (+6.7), a warm January (+2.5) and a frigid February (-9.9). February ended up as the 10th coldest on record in Duluth and the only February on record to not reach at least 28 degrees, highlighting a remarkably long cool spell. It was one of only eight Februarys on record in Duluth when the temperature never rose above freezing.

Normal high temperatures for Duluth in March start in the upper 20s and reach the 40s by the end of the month.

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