Winter Storm Update October 26th, 11 PM
The snow storm we have been watching all week is now underway and is accumulating snowfall as it should be. Snowfall started along the Borderlands early this afternoon but snowfall accumulation was hard to come by initially with surface temperatures above freezing and soil temperatures well above freezing.
After the slight delay though, accumulations began and are ongoing this evening. The rain and snow line at 11 pm this evening is from Lutsen to Skibo, Cotton, and then to Aitkin. On top of the snowfall, winds are gusting strongly upwards of 41 mph. There are reports of down power lines in International Falls this evening as crews attempt to restore power.
Winds will pick up by the morning for the Twin Ports area which will cause likely cause some difficulty for drivers. Snowfall totals along the lake both North and South Shore will not see any accumulations. Further inland, snowfall totals will be higher, mainly in Northeast Minnesota.
There will be a lack of snowfall totals in Northwest Wisconsin west of Ashland because as the snow gets transitioned from rain in that area, temperatures will be rising in the morning, conditions not conducive for accumulations.
Later tomorrow night, The strong north and northwest winds will drive lake effect snow showers along the South Shore line east of Ashland.
Snowfall totals will accumulate to 3 to 7 inches with isolated higher amounts by Saturday morning. Snow will be ending by Saturday afternoon.
-Chief Meteorologist Gino Recchia