Brandon Weatherz: A mix of rain and snow on the way

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After a warm and sunny start to the week, we keep the warmth today but lose the sunshine. Temps begin in 20s and 30s and top off in mid-30s to low 40s. Rain builds into the region from the south through the morning and lingers for a wet Tuesday. We look north and west for the transition from rain to snow to begin this evening, leading to a Winter Weather Advisory for Crow Wing, Cass, Itasca, Koochiching, and North St. Louis Co. from 6 pm today until noon tomorrow. 2-3” is possible from Brainerd to Grand Rapids with 3-6” possible north.

The rain to snow transition will gradually take place across the rest of the Northland from west to east through the night and into Wednesday morning. A blustery northwest wind arrives from the west Wednesday morning with blowing snow reducing visibility and potentially causing downed tree limbs and power lines. Temperatures also fall on the backside of the system Wednesday, causing wet areas to turn icy and then receive a light layer of snow accumulation.

Snow tapers off from west to east Wednesday afternoon and evening with lingering lake effect chances for the South Shore snowbelt Wednesday night. Apart from lake effect, terrain enhanced snow from a gravity wave could lead to a couple of inches in parts of Douglas and Bayfield County. Thursday and Friday will be quiet and cool with temps reminding us that it’s still February. We trend back on the warm side of average for the weekend.

Today: Cloudy with a steady rain developing. High 38. SE wind 5-15 mph. Chance of rain: 100%

Tonight: Cloudy and breezy with rain and snow. Low 27. NE wind becoming NW 10-20 mph. Chance of precip: 100%

Tomorrow: Windy with morning snow, then decreasing clouds. Morning high of 28, then temperature falls. NW wind 15-25 mph. Chance of snow: 60%

Tomorrow night: Partly cloudy and breezy. Low 2. NNW wind 5-15 mph.

Thursday: Partly sunny and cool. High 15. NNW wind 5-15 mph.

Thursday night: Clear and cold. Low -6. NW wind 5-10 mph.

Friday: Partly cloudy and breezy. High 20. SW wind 10-15 mph.

Friday night: Partly cloudy and breezy. Low 16. WSW wind 10-15 mph.

Saturday: Mostly cloudy. High 32. WSW wind 5-15 mph.

Saturday night: Mostly cloudy. Low 17. W wind 2-8 mph.

Sunday: Mostly cloudy. High 34. WSW wind 5-15 mph.

Sunday night: Mostly cloudy with a few snow showers possible. Low 19. W wind 5-10 mph. Chance of snow: 30%

Monday: Cloudy and breezy. High 27. NW wind 10-15 mph.