A winter storm warning is in effect until early Sunday for parts of St. Louis, Lake and Carlton counties in northeastern Minnesota and Douglas County in Wisconsin, the National Weather Service said Saturday night.
Bands of heavy “lake effect” snow are moving across the area, with up to 5 inches of accumulation expected in some areas by early Sunday and winds gusting up to 25 miles per hour.
Duluth has “a better shot at some of those higher totals,” said Jonathan Wolfe, lead forecaster at the National Weather Service’s regional office in Duluth.
By early Sunday, the snow will move northeast, toward the North Shore of Lake Superior, the NWS said.
The Park Point area in Duluth, along with parts of northeastern Wisconsin south of the lake, began experiencing “pretty heavy snowfall rates” on Saturday morning, Wolfe said. “You can’t see the lighthouses at Superior entry,” he said.
A gale warning is also in effect on Lake Superior until 7 a.m. Sunday. Northeast winds will whip up 6- to 9-foot waves.
Light snow may continue across northeastern Minnesota Monday through Saturday, the NWS said.
When it comes to temperatures, it’s been pretty much winter as usual, Wolfe said. The NWS issued a windchill advisory for the area Saturday morning, when air temperatures dropped as low as 30 to 35 below zero in parts of northern Minnesota. Uncomfortable for sure, but nothing compared to the Jan. 11 record of 50 below or the all-time record low of 60 below in Tower, Minn.
Parts of the state farther south, including the metro area, could also get up to 3 inches of snow late Sunday into Monday, said Tyler Hasenstein, a meteorologist at the NWS’s Chanhassen office. As far as temperatures go, “nothing too crazy here,” with highs in the midteens and lows in the single digits, he said.
For up-to-the-moment road conditions, go to the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s website at https://hb.511mn.org.