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Light snow causing slippery roads for morning commute

Jan 22, 2018 07:29AM ● Published by Editor

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While the heaviest snow is forecast to remain south and east of the Twin Ports, a winter storm moving through the Midwest has brought light snow overnight to Duluth, Superior and surrounding areas.

Gusty east winds off Lake Superior ahead of the storm prompted some lake-effect snow showers in the Twin Ports. Roads are snow-covered across much of the region, the Minnesota and Wisconsin departments of transportation reported. The South Shore school district in Port Wing has delayed the start of classes by 2 hours for Monday, Jan. 22.

In addition to light snow, the National Weather Service reported that there may be some light freezing rain in the Twin Ports and along the South Shore, with a greater chance for icing toward Bayfield and Ashland. 

Meanwhile, accumulating snow is expected from southern Minnesota, through parts of the Twin Cities metro area and northwest toward Hayward, Park Falls and Hurley, where snow is expected to be heavy at times during the day Monday. Blizzard warnings are in effect for the Mankato and Worthington areas in southern Minnesota.

The Weather Service said there is expected to be a very quick drop-off in snow totals on the northwest side of the storm -- with that line crossing the Twin Cities and Northwestern Wisconsin.

Here's a roundup of warnings and advisories in effect for the Northland as of Monday morning:

Ashland, Hurley

Winter storm warning in effect until midnight Monday. Freezing drizzle and mixed precipitation changing over to snow; ice accumulations up to two-tenths of an inch possible, followed by 3 to 5 inches of snow. Heavier snowfall possible in southern Ashland and Iron counties. Areas of blowing and drifting snow.

Hayward, Park Falls

Winter storm warning in effect until midnight Monday. Light freezing drizzle changing to snow; snowfall of 5 to 8 inches expected, with locally higher amounts. Heaviest snow expected Monday afternoon and evening. Areas of blowing and drifting snow.

Superior, Solon Springs

Winter weather advisory in effect until midnight Monday. Freezing drizzle and mixed precipitation changing over to snow; ice accumulations up to a tenth of an inch possible, followed by about an inch of snow, with heavier snow possible in southern Douglas County.

Bayfield, Spooner, Grantsburg

Winter weather advisory in effect until midnight Monday. Freezing drizzle and mixed precipitation changing over to snow; ice accumulations up to a tenth of an inch possible, followed by 2 to 5 inches of snow, with heavier snow possible in southern Washburn County.

No advisories are warnings are in effect for Northeastern Minnesota, but there may be light freezing drizzle and light snow Monday. The chance for precipitation will diminish north and west of Duluth.

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