Snow winds down; Northland prepares for next round
More snow and strong winds will continue Tuesday.
Snow continued to fall across much of the Northland on Monday evening, with only a winter weather advisory still in effect for the North Shore. Previous blizzard warnings expired.
The National Weather Service in Duluth said heavy snow pushed by east winds off Lake Superior gusting to 40 mph created whiteout conditions with hazardous travel conditions near the lake Monday. One North Shore observer reported 6 inches of snow fell in just three hours, with 13 inches reported in Two Harbors by 3 p.m. and 17 inches near Grand Marais.
Snowfall totals ranged from 18 inches just south of Brainerd to just a few inches on the Iron Range and in the Twin Cities. Several Duluth neighborhoods reported 6-10 inches, with more than a foot near Hinckley. It was Duluth's biggest snowfall in more than a year.
The region won't get much down time as another round of snow will move in Tuesday with 2-4 inches of snow predicted, with the heaviest snow falling Tuesday afternoon and evening. But some slightly higher amounts of up to 6 inches are possible from Bigfork to International Falls and up to 7 inches on the North Shore.
Blowing and drifting snow should be less of a problem Tuesday since winds are expected to be lighter throughout. However there could be some wind gusts up to 25 miles per hour along the North Shore, which may result in some reduced visibility.
Colder temperatures are expected for the remainder of the week, with highs struggling to get far above zero by the week’s end along with very cold wind chills at night.
Snow totals reported as of 7:30 p.m. Monday
- 18 inches — South of Brainerd
- 17 inches - Grand Marais
- 14 inches — Winter, Finlayson
- 13.5 inches — Hinckley, Crosby
- 13.2 inches — Two Harbors
- 13 inches - Lake Nebagamon
- 12 inches — Wascott, Cable
- 11 inches — Aitkin, Rice Lake, Piedmont Heights, Lester Park
- 10.5 inches — Kenwood, East Hillside, Proctor, Woodland
- 10 inches — Lakewood Township, Gordon, Duluth Heights, French River
9.2 inches — Coleraine
- 9 inches — Twig
- 8.5 inches — Cloquet, Nashwauk
- 8.3 inches - Grand Rapids
- 8 inches — West Duluth, Palisade
- 7.8 inches - Duluth airport
- 7.5 inches - McKinley
- 7 inches — Barnum, London Road, Esko
- 6.5 inches — Maple
- 6 inches — Superior, Park Point
- 3 inches — Hibbing, Virginia
Source: National Weather Service