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Difficult Morning Commute Expected

Difficult Morning Commute Expected

Brandon Weathers
Created: January 06, 2019 05:38 PM

Steady snowfall will move in from the west tonight and is expected to begin for most areas around 9 pm. The majority of the heavy snow will fall by 8 am in most areas. Warm air will add rain to the mix moving south to north by this time. This will limit accumulation across northwest Wisconsin and southern parts of the Northland, including Hinckley and the Brainerd area. Between 3 and 6 inches is expected across Northeast Minnesota, the edge of the South Shore, and east of Phillips. The heaviest accumulation will be along the North Shore. Here, snowfall rates up to 2 inches per hour are possible. Between 8 and 12 inches is expected from Two Harbors and north along the shore with up to 18 inches possible near Grand Marais.

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The heavy snowfall rates paired with the persistent and gusty southeast winds could create whiteout conditions along Highway 61 between about midnight and 6 am. The wet and heavy snow accompanied by the strong winds could also result in power outages along the North Shore. The snow will lose its intensity and mix with rain before clearing out late morning, but the heavy snow should be done in most areas by around 8 am. The east wind will transition to west as the system passes by the afternoon, shutting off the lake effect for the North Shore.

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