The Northland may usher in more than a New Year this week, as another winter storm threatens to take aim.
A winter storm warning begins at midnight Sunday for Douglas, Bayfield, Ashland and Iron counties in Wisconsin, remaining in effect until 6 a.m. New Year’s Day. In Minnesota, southern St. Louis and Carlton counties will be under a winter weather advisory during that period.
Snow totals aren’t expected to be as significant as last week’s storm, but another half-foot or more could fall from Duluth eastward across far northern Wisconsin, according to the National Weather Service.
About 5-7 inches of snow is expected by Tuesday morning across the warning area in Wisconsin. A few spots on the Bayfield Peninsula could see 8 inches or more. On the Minnesota side, residents can expect 3-6 inches.
Snow will begin Sunday night, but the heaviest amounts are expected Monday morning and afternoon before tapering off in the evening. Snow could fall at rates of an inch or more per hour on Monday, making for a potentially difficult morning commute in the Twin Ports, according to the Weather Service. Lake-effect snow will linger along the South Shore into Monday night.
After the snow, temperatures will plummet for New Year’s Day. The Northland will see the coldest air of the season so far, with lows in the teens and 20s below zero and wind chills between 30 below and 40 below on Tuesday morning. We can expect the frigid air to stick around for Wednesday morning, too, when kids return to school after winter break.