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Here’s my commercial for this year’s Mush for a Cure the event I co-founded years ago…
Thank you to all who support Mush for a Cure, a Sled Dog FUNdraiser on Minnesota’s Gunflint Trail. With the generosity of volunteers, sponsors, mushers and dogs we’ve raised $186,000 for the National Breast Cancer Foundation since the event began.
This year marks the 8th Annual Mush for a Cure and it’s happening this March 7th and 8th. We hope you will support our event and our effort to raise money and awareness of breast cancer.
We would love your help in making this year’s event a big success. You can help in a number of ways, by volunteering your time, attending the scheduled events, spreading the word about the event or by donating money.
We appreciate your support of the Mush for a Cure in the past, present and future. To donate please visit our FUNdraising Page today. http://www.active.com/donate/2014MushforaCure
Thank you very MUSH!
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There are some things you won’t see in the Boundary Waters when you’re kayaking. Chances are the biggest thing you’ll ever see swim beneath your canoe or kayak in the BWCA is a beaver or a fish. There isn’t any kind of animal swimming in the Boundary Waters that would or could purposefully or accidentally capsize your canoe or kayak. This is not the case in some other places you may choose to paddle.
I remember a college professor telling me about paddling the Zambezie River. The threat there is not only being capsized by a hippo but mauled and/or eaten by a hippo. This happens more than one would think as more humans are killed by hippos than any other animal in Africa, according to an article I read. In this article it tells about a man that was almost killed by a hippo while kayaking the river.
Then there are sharks and whales in other parts of the country. I can’t imagine paddling in an area that was dangerous but wouldn’t it be something to be so close to a creature of such size and beauty? Whether or not it’s worth the risk is a question each person has to ask themeself. For now I’ll stick to the Boundary Waters and keep my kayaking encounters on the tame side.
This year Lake Superior is receiving a lot of attention. From precipitation to water level to the amount of ice cover and the Apostle Island area ice cave adventures have been constant themes in blogs and news reports almost all winter long.
I still haven’t been to the ice caves even though I was in the parking lot ready to go one day. A friend of mine and I wimped out due to the negative something below wind chill and negative something below actual temperature. I know it’s hard to believe I just admitted that I wimped out of something, that isn’t normally the case. I don’t usually wimp out and I doubt I’ve ever admitted it. In any case I didn’t go and it doesn’t seem likely that I’ll make it out there before the ice deteriorates. My loss, but with the thousands of visitors going on weekends and the number of photos posted of it I hardly feel it necessary.
I do feel it necessary to share some information about Lake Superior with you. I read an article about the ice coverage and found this interesting.“…on Feb. 19th ice spanned 80.3 percent of the lakes, according to NOAA’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory in Ann Arbor, Mich. The ice reached an even greater extent on Feb. 13, when it covered about 88 percent of the Great Lakes – coverage not achieved since 1994, when ice spanned over 90 percent. In addition to this year, ice has covered more than 80 percent of the lakes in only five other years since 1973. The average annual maximum ice extent in that time period is just over 50 percent. The smallest maximum ice cover occurred in 2002, when only 9.5 percent of the lakes froze over.” Something else I found interesting about Lake Superior is the fact it is at it’s normal water level for the first time in 9 years. It and the other great lakes have been at historically low levels for years now but Lake Superior is back on track. Most likely due to the amount of precipitation and snow we’ve received as well as the ice coverage that has prevented evaporation which normally occurs when there is no ice. “…Lake Superior now sits 13 inches above the level of March 1, 2013, and appears to be continuing an upward trend that started about one year ago. The lake has now pulled far away from its lowest points, when it hit monthly record lows in August and September 2007.
The last time the lake’s water level was at or above normal was April 2005, said Cynthia Jarema of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Detroit District.” http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/event/article/id/292713/group/homepage/
That is good news for our Great Lake Superior.
Do Not Resuscitate. That’s one meaning of the three letters strung together but it also means Department of Natural Resources. Sometimes I feel like I am critical of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in my blog posts and I guess sometimes I am. Maybe it is because I have such strong feelings regarding wildlife and our natural resources in Minnesota. Or maybe it’s because there is so much to be critical about. In either case this is a very interesting story about someone who has been allowed to work very closely with bears and who has charged people for experiencing things with him. Where did the money go? I don’t know, it’s just one of the questions I have about this DNR program.DNR: Lynn Rogers gave instructions for mouth-to-mouth bear feeding By Dave Orrick
firstname.lastname@example.org Posted: 02/28/2014 12:01:00 AM CST | Updated: about 13 hours ago Lynn Rogers Ely MN August 2011 Ely, Minn., bear researcher Lynn Rogers offers nuts from his mouth to a wild black bear. Behaviors like this by Rogers have drawn criticism. This photo, taken by a participant in one of Rogers’ courses, was obtained from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources via a public records request. Rogers never wanted it to become public. “I told people, please do not post this,” he said. “The public would not understand. We would lose credibility. … It would look like we were advocating that, which we’re not. It would make us look foolish, which it does.” Ely bear researcher Lynn Rogers gave tips to paying participants in his “bear course” on feeding bears from their mouths, according to sworn testimony and documents discussed Friday.
Among instructions from Rogers’ Wildlife Research Institute read before a judge in St. Paul on Friday was “Tip Number 4: Don’t offer bears food from your lips unless the bear is used to that.”
Lou Cornicelli, who oversees research permitting for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, read the instructions, which were provided to him by a former course participant and Rogers supporter who later became a critic.
Their veracity has not been challenged by Rogers in a fact-finding legal proceeding that has essentially outed his controversial research methods on trial.
After reading the instructions, Cornicelli said: “To me that’s just egregious . … You’re teaching people how to feed a bear from your lips.”
Course instructions also included advice for “reasonable safe hand-feeding” of bears.
“Keep the food coming at a rapid pace, handful after handful,” Cornicelli read. The instructions, from 2011, advised participants to not feed bears one peanut at a time. Cornicelli continued reading from them: “Some bears may bite to tell you to keep the food coming. This might cause a bruise. … It is not an attack.”
After reading the instructions, Cornicelli added, “What’s ‘reasonably safe’?”
Beginning in 2012, Rogers stopped instructing participants to have contact with bears; he prohibits it. His most recent DNR permit doesn’t allow touching of bears by anyone other than a handful of specific people, including Rogers and his associates.
But Friday’s testimony and evidence are at the core of the DNR’s allegations that Rogers’ practices have created a public safety hazard and amounted to entertainment and tourism, not scientific research.
Last year, the DNR refused to renew Rogers’ longstanding research permit, which allowed him to affix radio collars to bears and install video cameras in dens. Rogers has challenged the DNR decision and on Monday, a fact-finding legal proceeding before the state’s chief administrative law judge began.
The procedure is similar to a trial, with state attorneys acting as prosecutors and Rogers’ attorneys acting as defense. Rogers’ side has not yet put on his case.
Rogers has maintained that hand-feeding bears is an essential part of building trust with them, allowing him to walk with wild bears in the woods of his study area between Tower and Ely in northern Minnesota. But the DNR maintains that trust not only acclimates bears to people, but also makes them see people as a source of food. Earlier in the week, several residents of Eagle’s Nest Township testified that they frequently have encounters with bears that approach them and their houses and refuse to leave unless pepper-sprayed.Biologst Lynn Rogers is pictured checking the heart rate of Jo, a 2-year-old black bear, in September, 2010. Rogers’ request that the DNR prohibit the killing of collared bears was recently denied, sparking outrage from supporters. Photo courtesy of the Wildlife Research Insitute.
On Friday morning, Dave Garshelis, the DNR’s main bear expert, accused Rogers of acting more like a zookeeper than a scientist.
“With food, (Rogers is) conditioning behavior,” said Garshelis, a nationally recognized expert on bears. “In zoos, they do this all the time. They actually train animals.”
Rogers has said the trust he builds with bears allows him not only to affix radio collars without the use of drugs, such as tranquilizers, but also to conduct observations and research that otherwise would be impossible. Under questioning from Rogers’ attorney, Garshelis acknowledged that habituated bears have sometimes allowed scientists to gain insight into bear behavior by following them in the woods, but he disputed that much of Rogers’ work gleans valuable information.
“Real science,” Garshelis said, referring to current DNR research projects, involves implanting heart monitors that record “every heartbeat” along with GPS data about an animal’s location. “Sticking your hand under a bear to get a pulse in front of a crowd of people is a stunt.”
Rogers declined to comment on Friday’s testimony, saying he expects to testify himself, perhaps next week.
People, often not wildlife professionals, pay thousands of dollars for his bear course. They learn bear biology and behavior in classroom settings and venture into the field to observe Rogers and the wild bears he studies. What has emerged in testimony, as well as photos and videos, is that participants feed, pet and pose for photos with bears on the porch of the Wildlife Research Institute’s field station, a house in the woods where participants sleep and eat. In some images, Rogers and others are feeding the bears through windows.
At least two photographs that show mouth-to-mouth feeding, which Rogers critic Jill Lindsey said Rogers called “the bear’s kiss,” have gone public.
Rogers defended the practice, saying it shows that habituated bears aren’t dangerous. He also has said that the wider public “wouldn’t understand” such images, which is why he requested they not be disseminated publicly. It’s unclear to what extent the courses are connected with Rogers’ research. A number of course participants Friday said in social media posts that the two are unrelated. However, the radio collars allow Rogers to quickly locate the bears in the woods, allowing participants an opportunity not only to see a wild bear on a porch, but in its element.
It’s unclear how many people hand- or mouth-fed bears over the years. Earlier in the week, DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr suggested it could have been as many as 650 since 2002, a figure apparently based on attendance of Rogers’ courses, which are offered at various times throughout the year.
Cornicelli said when he began receiving reports, images and videos of the activities in the courses several years ago he became deeply concerned.
“I was convinced he was not doing research. Now I’m starting to see all this public safety stuff,” Cornicelli said. “With Ms. Lindsey, she sent us a lot of pictures. But that was one person from one course. They run eight courses a year. … It makes me think, ‘What else is out there?’ It bothers me a lot.”
Someone recently shared this video with me and not only does it have wonderful scenery from Yellowstone National Park it has great wildlife too. Best of all, I learned something by watching it and I hope you do too.
Sunday is the Ridge Rider Snowmobile Club’s annual Trout Derby on Gunflint Lake. It’s always a good time with lots of prizes, food and fun. The fishing contest begins at 9am at the Gunflint Lake boat access. Imagine the thrill of pulling up a fish like the one on this video, it could happen to you!
There is an art to securing a canoe to a vehicle, especially if you want it to stay put. Every summer a canoe will fly off of someone’s trailer or vehicle and end up damaged in the ditch. We show all of our Voyageur Crew how to secure canoes and most of our crew catches on more quickly than I did.
I think it took me about ten years to figure out how to tie a canoe down on top of a vehicle. Many times I would think I would have the canoe secure and I would pull up on the canoe to find I had only accomplished strapping the canoe to itself. Other times I would have the strap secured to the rack without the canoe. Somehow I managed to learn how to do it.
It’s very helpful to have two straps for the main part of the canoe and then straps to secure the front and/or back of the canoe to the vehicle. Here’s some helpful information from one of our paddlers, thanks so much for sharing Ken!
“With the lack of good places on modern cars to attach a strap to, many people have no idea what to do. The easiest and cheapest solution I have found is the use of hood loops. I am sure you have heard of them, but if you have not, just go to Google Images and search for “hood loops”. Here is a screen shot of the results.”
“I spent about $10 for a pair of the bolt-on ones from Midwest Mountaineering and REI sells them for $5.95 pair. That is very cheap insurance against the loss of a boat and causing an accident. If I was using a vehicle I did not own, such as a rental or a friend’s, or there were no existing fasteners where I could easily attach the loops, I would simply use the “quick loops” that use a piece of hose to secure them in place. Those work especially well under the trunk lid of a car where there is seldom an existing fastener to use like there is under the hood.”
“You do need to put a twist in the rope & strap to keep it from buzzing like a clarinet reed as you are going down the road.”
I found this great article online with exercises for your paddling muscles. If you’ve started a new exercise routine or are planning to then try out some of these from the video and make paddling in the BWCA a breeze.Training Tips to Paddle Forever
- Unlock your A-game and avoid injury with these pro training tips
It’s almost inevitable to experience some type of trauma in your kayaking career. Whether it’s overuse, muscle imbalance, tightness, direct trauma or less than ideal paddling form, every paddler will complain of some level of discomfort at some point.
Off the water, there are three important modalities to train with for optimal performance in your boat and to keep you paddling healthy for years and years—mobility, stability/strength and flexibility. Let’s define these terms and take a look at a few movements specific to kayaking.MOBILITY
A state in which one is capable of moving readily from place to place, able to change quickly from one state or condition to another and change levels, all with fluidity and grace.
Mobility can be viewed as the basis for true athleticism—the single attribute that encompasses the body control, coordination and agility that we all strive for.
Mobility training can be used as a warm-up to begin your off-river training session. Here are a few movements I enjoy in my warm-up that emphasize mobility in the torso and shoulders.
Find these exercises for mobility training demonstrated in the video below:
- Lunge with Twist ~ 5 on each side
- Worm crawl ~ 8 times
- Cat/Cow ~ Alternate for a total of 10 reps
- Torso Twist with Elbow ~ 5 on each side
*Start with one set and progress to 3 over a few weeks.
To prevent injuries in a sport as dynamic as kayaking, mobility training is crucial. Whether it’s being able to make multiple moves from one direction to another in a rapid, or landing a big drop and feeling the force of the water crash into your body and pushing you forcefully to the back deck. We cannot always predict the way our body will respond to powerful currents and whitewater, but with this type of training our body will be able to adapt suddenly to change without significant injury.
The ability of a joint to properly align itself in order for connective tissue to take on less stress.
If you lack adequate mobility you will compensate by using muscles, tendons and ligaments to take up the slack. Being able to move your body without limitation is important for stability and strength in the joints. Stability and strength in the joints keeps our limbs attached correctly for proper mobility. They go hand in hand.
A total body strength training routine is encouraged for all of your major muscle groups. We will cover a good training routine specific to kayaking in an upcoming article, but just as, if not more important, is training your stabilizer muscles. These are the important stabilizer muscles for paddlers:
- Abdominals and lower back. For proper paddling form, taking impact from big hits, powerful boofs and strokes, and much more—kayaking is all about the stabilization of the core.
- Rotator cuff, internal/external rotation. Your shoulder is only as strong as the stabilizing muscles supporting it. The rotator cuff muscles need some love so they can do their job of holding your shoulder joint in place. Especially for big hits, play boating and accidental, forceful high braces, your rotator cuff plays the largest role in shoulder health. It is important to use light weights for working the rotator cuff muscles, as heavy weights will automatically trigger the deltoids (the large muscle of the shoulder). Think high reps (3X25) and light weights.
- Latissimus Dorsi/Serratus Anterior/Rhomboids—basically the muscles that pull your shoulder blades back and down. With all the paddling we do, we could easily turn into hunchbacks. The importance of working these stabilizing muscles is to put your shoulder and shoulder blades in proper form to minimize muscle imbalance injuries and aid in proper movement of the shoulder.
Find the following exercises for strenght/stability demonstrated in the video below:
- Abdominal Bracing ~ 8-10 reps, starting with 1 set and working towards 3.
- Plank hold ~ Start holding for 15 seconds and progress to 60 seconds.
- Back extensions ~ 8-10 reps, starting with 1 set and working towards 3.
- Push/Pull with cable/band ~ 10 reps, starting with 1 set and working towards 3.
Strength doesn’t mean having a six pack abs or bulging biceps. Ultimate strength means having the ability to move properly and depend on the stabilizing muscles to fire before your larger paddling movements are executed.FLEXIBILITY
The length of a muscle. Increased length of muscle improves joint range of motion, leading to better joint mobility and stability.
Flexibility exercises are typically done at the end of your workout, when your muscles are at their warmest and ready to be lengthened. It is important to hold each stretch for at least 30-90 seconds. Any less than 30 seconds and the muscle fibers do not remember the stretch and flexibility does not improve.
In my last article, I covered some basic stretches for paddlers. Here are a couple more, demonstrated in the video below:
- Chest opener on the foam roller
- Lat opener on the foam roller
It isn’t until an injury happens or you experience pain in your body, that most people start thinking about off-water training. If we only kayak, we are neglecting certain muscles and creating limitations within our mobility, stability and flexibility. Creating a balanced body by being proactive in our training regimen will boost overall health and increase long term paddling potential.
Some of you may know we have interest in Clear Waters Outfitting Company on the shore of the Mississippi River near St. Cloud, Minnesota. Mike’s cousin owns and operates this business with her husband and children. It’s a great place to go paddling and an even better place to find a super deal on a Wenonah Canoe. If you’re looking for a new canoe or a place to paddle near the Twin Cities then this is the place. You might just have to wait a few months for the ice to clear!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CW Outfitting Becomes Wenonah Canoe and Current Designs Kayak Outlet Dealer.
(February 14, Clearwater, MN) — CW Outfitting of Clearwater, MN is now Minnesota’s only factory outlet dealer of Wenonah canoes and Current Designs Kayaks. Wenonah Canoe and Current Designs are an independent, family-owned company headquartered in Winona, MN, and are one the largest manufacturers of high performance canoes and kayaks in the world.
As an outlet dealer, CW Outfitting will offer various discounted canoes and kayaks such as previous year models, canoes and kayaks with small cosmetic blemishes, and previously used demo models. Paddlers can typically expect discounts of 20% or more and CW’s inventory continues to grow with demand. “We are excited about the partnership with Wenonah and Current Designs,” said Dan Meer, Owner of CW Outfitting. “They produce some of the best boats in the world and even their outlet boats are guaranteed for life. We are excited to get them into our customer’s hands. Wenonah is not only a paddling success story, but a Minnesota success story and we are honored to be associated with them.”
CW Outfitting is Minnesota’s premiere Mississippi River outfitter offering short, half and full day paddle trips, SUP boarding, kayak fishing, overnights, equipment rentals,, shuttle services and a full retail store offering clothing, boats, boards and equipment sales. Located in a historic building on the river in Clearwater MN, CW Outfitting is only 60 minutes from downtown Minneapolis and 20 minutes from downtown St. Cloud. For more information or to schedule a paddle trip, contact CW Outfitting at 320-558-8123 or visit their website at CWoutfitting.com.
I hope the moose researchers in Minnesota are keeping track of how the people of Finland are working to save their reindeer. A large number of reindeer are ran over every year there and in order to prevent some of the deaths they are painting antlers with flourescent paint. Not many of the moose on the Gunflint Trail are ran over by vehicles and not all moose have antlers but as long as we are radio collaring them we may as well paint them with reflective paint too just as a precaution. (Just in case you can’t tell, I’m being sarcastic here)Finns give reindeer fluorescent antler makeovers Feb 19th 2014 2:46PM 000 In this picture taken on Feb. 15, 2014 in Rovaniemi, Finland and provided by the Reindeer Herders’ Association, a reindeer is seen with fluorescent antlers after a test in which Finnish herders dabbed it with fluorescent paint. Rudolph the reindeer is having a glittering antler makeover _ the latest attempt to halt some of the thousands of road deaths of the roaming caribou in the wilds of Finland. (AP Photo/Anne Ollila, Executive Director of the Reindeer Herders’ Association, Finland/Lehtikuva)
HELSINKI (AP) — Rudolph the reindeer is having a glittering antler makeover – the latest attempt to halt some of the thousands of road deaths of the roaming caribou in the wilds of Finland.Anne Ollila of the Finnish Reindeer Herder’s Association says the antlers of 20 reindeer have been painted with various fluorescent dyes to see how the animals react and whether the paints are resistant to the harsh Arctic climate.
If successful, animals with glittering antlers will be free to roam Lapland – a vast, deserted area in northern Finland where herders tend to some 200,000 reindeer.
Ollila says reflectors and reflective tape have proven unsuccessful as reindeer have torn them off – and road signs warning drivers of roaming reindeer often are stolen by tourists as souvenirs.
I’m not sure how many of you wilderness travelers need to have power when you are out and about. I do know some folks use their cell phones for taking photos and where there is cell phone service they can be important in case of an emergency.
When I went on my solo hiking adventure on the Superior Hiking Trail I took my cell phone along. I also took along a battery back up in case my cell phone died during the trip. I found a little comfort in knowing if I reached the top of a peak I could probably get cell phone reception.
I’ve often longed for extended trips into the Boundary Waters or other wilderness areas as I’m sure you have too. The next time you head out you might want to try one of these back ups so you can have power just in case you need it.
The RAVPower Luster Charger - RAV stands for “reliable, affordable value.” It provides 8 hours of talk time or a full charge in an iPhone. It’s small and doubles as a flashlight.
- Battery charging power: 8 hours of talk time for iPhones; one full charge for mobile phones
- Flashlight capability: 3 modes
- Package includes: Power bank, 1 micro USB to USB charging cable, and manual
- Weight: 2.93 ounces
- Dimensions: 0.87×0.87×4.25 inches
- Colors: Black, Blue, Gold, Pink, Silver
- Capacity: 3000mAh
- Price:$19.99 at Amazon
The Solar iCharge is great for those of you who have an iPhone and need an extra charge provided free from the sun. You can charge it via a USB cable too.Specs:
- Price: MSRP $79.99
- Weight: 3.8 oz
- Dimensions: 5″ x 2 5/8″ x 7/8″
- Country of Manufacture: China
- Where to Buy: Currently only available on the Solar iCharge website.
Powermonkey has a number of great solar chargers with battery back up power sources to choose from depending upon what your need is. I really love the idea of solar chargers even when there is a power source available. You can charge it with a USB outlet or electrical outlet if you must. It’s lightweight, compact and different varieties can be purchased for as low as $90 on Amazon.
We are so lucky to have such a wonderful photographer living on the Gunflint Trail. And one who has the time to spend staring at the night sky and hanging out with wildlife. Nace Hagemann owns a construction company but I think he should hang up his hammer and spend all of his time taking pictures. Be sure to check out his Facebook Page and do it often for more amazing photos of the Gunflint Trail.
“You don’t take a photograph, you make it.” Ansel Adams
I had never thought of a kayak as being a transportation mode for drugs. We’ve often joked about drugs being smuggled into or out of Canada via canoes and Duluth Packs portaged across the vast wilderness but we know this would be a pretty difficult feat. It turns out we weren’t the only ones to consider the possibilities!Updated: Tue, 11 Feb 2014 23:38:20 GMT | By The Associated Press, cbc.ca $162 million worth of meth hidden in kayaks seized by Australia
The drugs were allegedly found in 19 of the 27 kayaks in the shipment. ABC News
Australian police seized about $162 million worth of methamphetamine hidden inside kayaks shipped from China, officials said Wednesday.
Five people were arrested in Sydney on Tuesday after customs officials discovered 183 kilograms of meth last week while inspecting a shipment of kayaks from China, the Australian Federal Police said.
Nineteen of 27 kayaks in the shipment had bags of meth stuffed inside the watertight areas of the boats, said Tim Fitzgerald, regional director for the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service.
Four of the five people arrested are from Taiwan, and one is from Sydney. Two were charged with attempting to import drugs, and the others were charged with possessing a commercial quantity of drugs. They each face a maximum of life in prison if convicted.
Australian officials have made a series of major drug busts in recent months. In October, police seized about AU$200 million worth of meth hidden in the tires of a truck shipped from China.
Looks like more shoveling in our near future!Weather Alerts Northern Cook / Northern Lake, Southern Cook / North Shore, Cook County Winter Storm Warning issued February 20 at 9:33AM CST until February 21 at 12:00PM CST by NWS Duluth
Issued: Thursday, Feb 20 at 09:33 am
Expires: Friday, Feb 21 at 12:00 pm
…SIGNIFICANT WINTER STORM EXPECTED TO IMPACT THE NORTHLAND
THURSDAY AFTERNOON AND THURSDAY NIGHT…
.A DOUBLE-BARRELED WINTER STORM WILL HIT THE NORTHLAND TODAY. A
NORTHERN SYSTEM WILL BE MOVING ACROSS NORTHERN MINNESOTA TODAY
AND BRING SNOW SHOWERS TO THE REGION. IN THE MEANTIME…ANOTHER
MUCH STRONGER STORM IN THE SOUTHERN PLAINS WILL STRENGTHEN AS IT
TRACKS NORTHEAST INTO SOUTHERN WISCONSIN BY THIS EVENING…THEN
ACROSS CENTRAL LAKE SUPERIOR FRIDAY. LIGHT SNOW WILL SPREAD INTO
THE NORTHLAND LATE THIS MORNING. THE SNOW WILL BECOME HEAVY LATER
THIS AFTERNOON. THIS STORM SYSTEM WILL ALSO PRODUCE STRONG WINDS
TONIGHT AND THROUGH THE DAY FRIDAY WHICH WILL CAUSE BLOWING AND
…WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON CST FRIDAY…
* LOCATION…EAST OF A LINE FROM KABETOGEMA LAKE TO NEAR PINE
CITY MINNESOTA INCLUDING NORTHWEST WISCONSIN. THIS INCLUDES
HINCKLEY… ASHLAND…HAYWARD…PHILLIPS AND HURLEY.
* TIMING…THE HEAVIEST SNOW WILL OCCUR BETWEEN 6 PM TONIGHT AND 6
AM FRIDAY. SNOWFALL RATES OF 1 INCH PER HOUR ARE EXPECTED FROM
6 PM TO MIDNIGHT.
* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS…THE HIGHEST SNOW TOTALS WILL OCCUR ALONG
THE HIGHER TERRAIN OF THE MINNESOTA ARROWHEAD AND ACROSS MUCH
OF NORTHERN WISCONSIN WHERE 14 TO 18 INCHES OF SNOW IS
FORECAST. OTHER AREAS FURTHER TO THE WEST…INCLUDING
HIBBING…DULUTH AND PINE CITY WILL SEE SNOWFALL AMOUNTS
RANGING FROM 10 TO 14 INCHES.
1 TO 4 INCHES ARE EXPECTED THIS AFTERNOON.
* WINDS/VISIBILITY…NORTHWEST WINDS WILL GUST TO 40 MPH TONIGHT
* IMPACTS…SNOW COVERED ROADS WILL MAKE DRIVING EXTREMELY
DIFFICULT. THERE WILL BE CONSIDERABLE BLOWING AND DRIFTING
SNOW…AND NEAR WHITEOUT CONDITIONS…AT TIMES THURSDAY
AFTERNOON AND NIGHT…ESPECIALLY IN OPEN RURAL AREAS. THE SNOW
WILL BE THE HEAVY WET VARIETY. WHEN CLEARING SNOW AFTER THE
STORM MAKE SURE YOU TAKE BREAKS AND DRINK PLENTY OF WATER.
THE HEAVY WET SNOW MAY BRING DOWN TREE BRANCHES AND CAUSE POWER
OUTAGES. STOCK UP ON NEEDED ITEMS FOR YOUR HOUSEHOLD AND NON-
A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW MEANS HEAVY SNOW ACCUMULATION IS ANTICIPATED…AND THAT SNOWFALL RATES OF ONE INCH PER HOUR OR GREATER CAN BE EXPECTED AT TIMES. EXPECT SNOW COVERED ROADS AND VERY LOW VISIBILITIES. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL…EXERCISE EXTREME CAUTION AND ALLOW EXTRA TIME TO REACH YOUR DESTINATION.