Winter weather advisories and winter storm warnings remain in effect for parts of the Northland for lake-effect snow -- and not just near Lake Superior.
Gusty northwest winds moving across relatively warm lake waters is also sparking lake-effect snow for areas downwind from Lake of the Woods, Rainy Lake and Lake Kabetogama, the National Weather Service reported -- along with ushering in arctic air.
"The coldest air yet this season will continue to progress through the Northland today," the Weather Service reported Thursday. "The large lakes across the region are still relatively warm, including Lake Superior, Lake of the Woods, Rainy Lake and Lake Kabetogama. The dramatic temperature differences between the lakes and the arctic air will result in significant lake-effect snow showers downwind of these lakes through today."
Light snow was falling across much of the region as of midday Thursday, with the Minnesota and Wisconsin departments of transportation reporting many snow-covered and slippery highways in the Northland.
Snow totals through mid-morning Thursday included 4.3 inches at Gile, 2.7 inches in International Falls and 2.5 inches near Bayfield.
Outside of the heavier lake-effect snow bands, the entire region is expected to see continued light snow today. Highs will struggle to reach 20 degrees. Expect lows near or below zero tonight into Friday morning.
Here's a rundown of the advisories and warnings in effect as of midday Thursday:
Winter storm warning in effect until midnight. Additional snowfall of up to 3 inches expected, especially along the Gogebic Range. Gusty winds near Lake Superior will cause blowing snow.
Winter weather advisory in effect until 6 p.m. Thursday. Additional snowfall of up to an inch expected in northeastern Ashland County.
Winter weather advisory in effect until 6 p.m. Thursday. Additional snowfall of up to an inch expected across northern Bayfield County; lesser amounts elsewhere.
International Falls, Kabetogama
Winter weather advisory in effect until 4 p.m. Thursday. Additional snowfall of up to an inch expected across northern Koochiching County and northwestern St. Louis County.
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