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FIRST MAJOR WINTER STORM OF THE SEASON SUNDAY, SUNDAY NIGHT

  • A Blizzard Warning is in effect for southern Cook County
  • A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for Koochiching, Itasca, northern Aitkin, Carlton, St. Louis, Lake, northern Cook, Douglas, Bayfield, Ashland, Iron, Gogebic, and Ontonagon counties.
  • A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for southern Aitkin, Pine, Burnett, Washburn, and Sawyer counties

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Snow will only continue through the day and nighttime hours before it gradually ends Monday morning. In addition, winds will pick up as the day progresses.  Gusts are forecast to be above 40 miles per hour along the Lake Superior shorelines, with everyone seeing gusts over 30 miles per hour Sunday night.

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As for snowfall totals, the highest are expected along the North Shore thanks to lake enhanced snow bands.  They should see 10 to 16 inches of snowfall, with some locations approaching 18 inches.  The Upper Peninsula Snowbelt will also likely see lake enhanced bands as the storm leaves the Northland, so they can see 8 to 12 inches.  The Iron Range and Duluth area will likely see 6 to 10 inches thanks to persistent snowfall.  A dry slot in the storm system may lower snowfall totals in Wisconsin and the I-35 corridor.  Communities along Highway 2 should see 4 to 8 inches, with 3 to 6 inches expected farther south.

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After the storm moves out Monday, the coldest air of the season comes into the area.  Temperatures will not rise above the low teens for highs Monday, and below zero readings are expected Monday night.  Teens for highs will continue Tuesday before a warm up to normal temperature readings in the mid and upper 20s return by the end of the work week.  Additional light snowfall chances are possible Tuesday in our far southern counties, and a more widespread chance Thursday.

Meteorologist Rusty Mehlberg

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