Friday Snow Storm Likely A Miss For Some Northland Areas
For over a week now the meteorological community has been monitoring what appears to be a strong winter storm that is poised to move through the Central Plains and the Upper Midwest. As we began to get closer to this upcoming Friday which is when this storm will occur, the models have been drifting the snow storm from impacting the entire Northland to just impacting Northwest Wisconsin.
Recently we were getting into the short range forecast territory which allows us to observe this upcoming storm with some of the shorter range forecasts that only project up to three and a half days out. It was during this time where we had snowfall solutions ranging from all of the Northland seeing snowfall to other data completely against that scenario and projecting only a few inches of snow in Northwest Wisconsin with the main storm staying well south of the viewing area.
All of Northwest Wisconsin and Pine County in Minnesota is under a winter storm watch, but based on the latest trends, many counties will need to have this watch cancelled because snowfall amounts will be way less than originally anticipated.
Right now I believe that an area from Pine County through Bayfield County will see a dusting to 3 inches. Snowfall totals will increase the farther east you travel. Hayward Through Ashland will see 3-5 inches of snow. Southern Sawyer through Ashland, Iron, and Gogebic County will see 5-8 inches. Far Eastern Gogebic County will see 8-12 inches.
Snowfall will begin Friday morning and continue all day. Snowfall will end west to east with the Gogebic Snow Belt likely seeing some lake influence with higher totals along the south shore through Saturday morning. The rest of the Northland community should have sunny skies.
Another thing with this storm will be the strong winds which will be out of the northeast at 15- 25 mph. This will cause rough wave conditions along the shoreline of Lake Superior.
The data has come into much better agreement in the last 12 hours so I don’t anticipate any significant deviations from the current forecast. More updates will come as needed.
-Meteorologist Gino Recchia