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DULUTH - You might want to get a head start on some of your weekend plans, because we're about to get a healthy dose of snow.
"We are very confident there's going to be a band of at least 4–5 inches of snow somewhere across central of northern Minnesota and northwestern," National Weather Service Science and Operations Officer Dan Miller said.
About 12 to 18 hours of moderate to occasionally heavy snowfall is expected.
"What we're looking at is really just kind of a run of the mill good solid snowstorm for the northland," said Miller.
Meteorologists are predicting snowfall to pile up pretty quickly, falling at rates of a half an inch to an inch per hour.
"This will probably be the storm that deposits our snow cover that will stay until March or April until we get the spring melt," said Miller.
City officials tell us snow plow drivers will be on call this weekend, keeping the roads and main arteries clear are a high priority.
Shovels, scrapers and ice melt are not flying off the shelves just yet.
Dennis Moran, of Woodland's Ace Hardware, says most likely Northlanders will buy into the hype on Saturday.
"If it starts snowing hard and they predict it's going to get worse and more than they said originally then they'll come in like crazy," said Moran.
Meteorologists are expecting the heaviest snowfall late Saturday night into Sunday morning.