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Morning update: Snow continuing to fall in the Northland

Oct 27, 2017 06:57AM ● Published by Editor

By Andrew Krueger Today at 5:14 a.m. from the Duluth News Tribune - October 25, 2017

Snow continues to fall in much of the Northland this morning as an early-season winter storm moves through the region. Some northern locations may see a half-foot of snow or more by later today, and strong winds are forecast to continue for all areas.

Some major power outages already have been reported, and some lakeshore flooding has been reported along the South Shore of Lake Superior. There were no school closings reported as of 5 a.m.

As of 5 a.m., the National Weather Service reported that snow was falling at the Duluth International Airport, where the temperature was 31 degrees with gusty north winds. Meanwhile, rain was reported at the Duluth harbor and the Superior airport where temperatures remained in the mid-30s. Snow also was reported at Cloquet, Two Harbors, Eveleth, Grand Rapids and Ely, among other locations.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation reported snow-covered roads across much of the Northland, including over the hill in Duluth. U.S. Highway 53 between Duluth and the Iron Range and U.S. HIghway 2 between Duluth and Grand Rapids were among the highways reported to be snow-covered.

Northwestern Wisconsin was still seeing mainly rain, but officials in Ashland County reported that Highways 2 and 13 along Chequamegon Bay west of Ashland were closed as of 4:50 a.m. due to lakeshore flooding from large waves. The National Weather Service has issued a lakeshore flood warning for the South Shore through Friday afternoon, for the possibility of waves of 14 to 17 feet causing flooding and erosion along the Lake Superior shore. Winds may gust to 50 mph, the Weather Service reported. Large waves also have been reported along the shore in Duluth.

Minnesota Power and Lake Country Power reported a combined total of nearly 7,000 customers without power as of 5 a.m., including major outages in and around Superior, Chisholm, Floodwood, Orr and Lake Vermilion.

The greatest snow totals will occur near the Canadian border, the Weather Service reported, while areas close to Lake Superior may see minimal accumulation. 

In the wake of the storm, lingering strong winds moving across the relatively warm waters of Lake Superior are expected to produce heavy lake-effect snow in parts of Northwestern Wisconsin from later Friday into Saturday.

A variety of winter weather advisories, winter storm watches and winter storm warnings remain in effect for the Northland. Here's a rundown:

Duluth, Cloquet, Hermantown

Winter weather advisory in effect until noon Friday. Snowfall of 2 to 4 inches expected, with the greatest totals to the west of Duluth and Interstate 35, away from Lake Superior.

Iron Range, Two Harbors, Silver Bay, Grand Marais, Grand Portage

Winter weather advisory in effect until noon Friday. Snowfall of 2 to 4 inches is possible inland from Lake Superior, with some locally higher amounts of a half-foot; areas right along the shore may see only about 1 to 2 inches.

International Falls

Winter storm warning in effect until 7 a.m. Friday. Total snowfall of 3 to 6 inches expected.

Ely, Isabella

Winter storm warning in effect until noon Friday. Total snowfall of 5 to 8 inches expected.

Grand Rapids, Bigfork, Aitkin, Hill City, Walker, Brainerd

Winter weather advisory in effect until noon Friday. Snowfall of 2 to 6 inches expected.

Ashland, Hurley

Winter storm warning in effect from 5 p.m. Friday through 1 p.m. Saturday. Lake-effect snow may add up to 4 to 11 inches along and near the Gogebic Range.

Bayfield

Winter weather advisory in effect from 5 p.m. Friday through 1 p.m. Saturday. Lake-effect snow may add up to 2 to 5 inches in the higher terrain near Lake Superior.

No watches, warnings or advisories for snow have been issued for the rest of Northwestern Wisconsin, including Superior.


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