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The Gales of March: Snow, wind, waves to pound the North Shore

Mar 28, 2020 07:05AM ● By Editor
By Paul Huttner of Minnesota Public Radio News - March 27, 2020

Brace for the Gales of March.  
A powerful storm will whip up Lake Superior into a late March froth.

Gale warnings for Lake Superior

Our inbound low-pressure storm cranks up some big winds across Lake Superior this weekend. Strong winds blowing across a long fetch of open water will gust to 45 mph. Gale warnings and lakeshore flood warnings are flying.

That force will push a wall of water toward Duluth and adjacent shores. Waves of 6 to 10 feet will pound shore and the lake walk once again. 

Accumulating snow

It’s another reminder that it’s still March in Minnesota. Accumulating snow will fall in most of northeast Minnesota this weekend.

Temperatures will warm again by Monday. We’ll be melting some of the snow that falls across northern Minnesota by then.


From the National Weather Service - Duluth - March 28, 2020

Gale Warnings and Lake shore Flood advisories and warnings are in effect for Saturday evening and overnight into Sunday morning. Waves of 6 to 12 feet with northeast winds of 35 to 45 mph are forecast around Lake Superior. Locally stronger winds and larger waves are possible in the Twin Ports.

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Nearshore Marine Forecast
National Weather Service Duluth MN
413 AM CDT Sat Mar 28 2020

For waters within five nautical miles of shore on Lake Superior.         
Grand Portage to Grand Marais MN-
413 AM CDT Sat Mar 28 2020

...SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 1 PM CDT THIS AFTERNOON
THROUGH THIS AFTERNOON...
...GALE WARNING IN EFFECT FROM THIS EVENING THROUGH SUNDAY
MORNING...

TODAY...Northeast wind 15 to 20 knots. Slight chance of rain
late in the afternoon. Waves 1 to 3 feet. 

TONIGHT...Northeast wind 20 to 25 knots. Gusts up to 35 knots.
Rain and snow likely in the evening, then rain, snow and chance
of freezing rain after midnight. Waves 4 to 6 feet. Waves
occasionally to 8 feet. 

SUNDAY...North wind 20 to 25 knots. Gusts up to 35 knots early
in the morning. Patchy fog in the morning. Rain, snow and chance
of freezing rain in the morning, then rain likely in the
afternoon. Waves 4 to 6 feet. Waves occasionally to 8 feet. 

SUNDAY NIGHT...North wind 15 to 20 knots. Slight chance of rain
through the night. Waves 2 to 4 feet subsiding to 1 to 3 feet
after midnight. 
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