A winter storm warning is in effect for much of the Northland, with snow falling in the Twin Ports as of noon.
Duluth and Superior can expect anywhere from 6-8 inches of snow, with the heaviest amounts coming late this afternoon, when snowfall rates could reach an inch an hour, according to Bill Leatham, forecaster with the National Weather Service in Duluth.
The winter storm warning, in effect until midnight, runs generally south of a line from Brainerd to Duluth and then along the North Shore to the Ontario border. Counties north and west of that line are under a winter weather advisory, with 2-6 inches of snow expected from International Falls to the Iron Range, Leatham said.
The warning also covers all of Northwestern Wisconsin and most of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
Winds could gust to 20-25 mph in places today, but that won’t be enough to create blizzard conditions, Leatham said. Wind gusts of nearly 35 mph were reported just before noon on the Blatnik Bridge, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
However, heavy snow could make the afternoon commute “hazardous,” Leatham said, and he encouraged motorists to take it slow this afternoon.
“During the afternoon, it’s going to be pretty slick out there, with snow-covered roadways,” he said.
Highs today and through the weekend are expected in the low- to mid-20s. Expect a cloudy Thursday, with more snow set to move in Friday and possibly a rain-snow mix this weekend.
Duluth might also break a snowfall record for February today. This already is the sixth-snowiest February on record, with 28.8 inches since Feb. 1. Duluth is just 5.9 inches away from breaking the month’s snowfall record of 33.9 inches, and we could easily hit that today, Leatham said.
If not today, the record is almost sure to fall this weekend, he said.
Check duluthnewstribune.com today for weather updates.