Sabrina Ullman: Precipitation chances return late tonight
After a nice, dry weekend, another round of precipitation will be entering the Northland late tonight. As temperatures linger close to freezing, rain, snow, and freezing rain will all occur Monday before a transition to all snow on Monday night. Due the potential for ice accumulation, the National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Ashland, Iron, and Price Counties, in effect from 4 am to noon Monday.
Northwest Wisconsin will mostly just have rain tonight and during the day Monday. Freezing rain will be possible, especially for areas east of Hayward during the early morning hours. More freezing rain could occur as the rain transitions to snow from 4 pm to 7 pm Monday evening. The bulk of the precipitation will be over this area, starting between 4 am and 6 am. Snow will move east out of Douglas, Burnett, and Washburn Counties between 5 pm and 7 pm Tuesday. Bayfield and Sawyer Counties will have dry weather by 2 am Wednesday. Ashland and Iron Counties as well as the U.P. could have lingering lake-effect snow lasting until midday Wednesday.
The Iron Range, areas north, and Cook County will have snow as the primary precipitation type. A wintry mix may sneak in as temperatures increase in the afternoon, but ice accumulations are not in the forecast for this area. Snow will move in from the south starting in the late morning to early afternoon hours. Within 24 hours, this round will start to exit the area, with dry weather for Koochiching and Itasca Counties beginning at noon Tuesday. Snow will exit the Arrowhead region in the evening, clearing by 8 pm.
The areas in-between the Iron Range and Pine County, including the Twin Ports, will have the greatest variety in precipitation types as temperatures wobble a few degrees above and below freezing. The rain/snow line will be at the southern portion of St. Louis County, stretching into Carlton County, for much of the day Monday. A slight shift in the track of the low-pressure system that is causing this mess will affect the precipitation type.
All in all, we will have 1-3 inches of snow accumulation throughout the Northland. Portions of the Arrowhead as well as areas from Hayward to the South Shore could see an extra inch or two. This will be wet, heavy snow. Combine that with the rain and freezing rain mixing in, and we will be left with slush.
The Monday morning commute will likely only be slick for Ashland, Iron, and Price Counties. By the afternoon, we will have widespread rain/snow with slick roads likely along the Iron Range and north. Tuesday morning will likely have poor road conditions in most of the area with snow as the only precipitation type.
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Another round of snow is possible Thursday. This system may track further south, but if it does head our way, it will bring snow and only snow as temperatures will be back under freezing.
A chance of freezing rain after 5am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 27. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Rain, possibly mixed with snow and freezing rain. High near 33. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New ice accumulation of less than a 0.1 of an inch possible. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
Snow, mainly before 7am. High near 31. North wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.
Mostly cloudy, with a high near 25. North wind 5 to 10 mph.
A slight chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 25. Northeast wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
Mostly cloudy, with a high near 23. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph.
Mostly cloudy, with a high near 24. West wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph.
A chance of snow. Partly sunny, with a high near 23. West wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph.