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Whew that was fun! Prelim snow totals and high wind report from Today's Blizzard!

Issued at 3:25 PM CST, Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Blizzard continues This Evening around the head of Lake SuperiorMuch calmer day on ThursdaySome snow chances late this week and this weekend
*Preliminary snowfall reports from February 28th-29th, 2012*
Source:  National Weather Service Duluth, Minnesota

3 miles north of Butternut, WI (Ashland County)  19.0"
9 miles north-northeast of Sawyer, MN (St. Louis County)  17.0"
Winter, WI (Sawyer County)  17.0"
4 miles southeast of Park Falls, WI (Price County)  16.0"
Benoit, WI (Bayfield County)  15.0"
Phillips, WI (Price County)  14.0"
Ashland, WI (Ashland County)  12.0"
Gile, WI (Iron County)  11.5"
Montreal, WI (Iron County)  11.0"
11 miles north of Brule, WI (Douglas County)  10.0"
Herbster, WI (Bayfield County)  10.0"
Pine City, MN (Pine County)  10.0"
Alborn, MN (St. Louis County)  9.0"
Saginaw, MN (St. Louis County)  9.0"
Esko, MN (Carlton County)  8.0"
Moose …

Preliminary Snowfall Report/Storm Summary

Issued at 10:45 AM CST, Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

*Preliminary snowfall report per NWS Duluth, Minnesota*

Butternut, WI (Ashland County)  17.0"
2 miles north of Fifield, WI (Price County)  16.5"
2 miles west of Hayward, WI (Sawyer County)  14.0"
3 miles north of Pine City, MN (Pine County)  12.0"
Askov, MN (Pine County)  12.0"
4 miles north of Grantsburg, WI (Burnett County)  11.7"
2 miles northeast of Ashland, WI (Ashland County)  11.0"
2 miles south-southwest of Poplar, WI (Douglas County)  7.5"
Brainerd, MN (Crow Wing County)  6.0"
Moose Lake, MN (Carlton County)  6.0"
Saginaw, MN (St. Louis County)  4.5"

5 miles northwest of Duluth, MN (St. Louis County)  7.0" official total through 9:55am CST.

Brief storm summary:

As of 10am CST:  Low pressure of 990mb was centered in Southern Minnesota.  This low will continue to track toward the E-NE through the rest of Today and should be centered near Green Bay, Wisconsin by early…

*Storm Update Number 5* Blizzard!

Issued at 10:10 AM CST, Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

***BLIZZARD WARNING*** until 6pm CST This Evening for Duluth including Southern St. Louis and Carlton Counties in Northeast Minnesota.  Sustained blizzard conditions will continue through the Afternoon hours with winds, falling and blowing snow.  East to northeast winds of 30 to 45 mph with frequent gusts of 50 mph or greater will persist in and around Duluth.  Visibilities will remain as low as 50 to 100 feet.

Impacts:  A blizzard is very dangerous.  Do not go out! Do not attempt to drive.

A blizzard warning means severe and life-threatening winter weather conditions are expected.  The combination of strong winds and falling and blowing snow will result in dangerously low visibility and whiteout conditions.  Any travel is strongly discouraged.  If you choose to travel, you may be risking your life.  Be aware that you may become stranded and that it could take many hours for help to arrive.  Keep a winter survival kit in your vehicl…

*Storm Update Number 4*

Issued at 11:32 PM CST, Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

*WINTER STORM WARNING* for Duluth and Superior until 6pm CST Wednesday.

At 11pm CST:  Low pressure of 992mb was located in Northeast Nebraska/Southeast South Dakota.

Radar imagery over the past 2 hours:

Snow line has reached a Wright to Mahtowa, Minnesota line...and from Patzau to Ashland in Northwest Wisconsin.  The snow area continued to lift slowly toward the north.

Here are a few snowfall reports from This Evening per NWS Duluth, Minnesota:

1 mile south of Hinckley, MN (Pine County)  5.0"
4 miles south-southwest of Bruno, MN (Pine County)  1.5"
8 miles south of Hayward, WI (Sawyer County)  1.8"
Sandstone, MN (Pine County)  1.0" fell in 1 hour.
9 miles east of Herbster, WI (Burnett County)  2.5"
Sarona, WI (Washburn County)  2.0"

Latest thinking:

-Snow arrives in Duluth between 12am/1am with accumulations of 1-3" possible in the city by 6am.  Additional snow, heavy at times will occur on Wednesday…

*Storm Update Number 3*

Issued at 7:47 PM CST, Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

*WINTER STORM WARNING* for Duluth and Superior until 6pm CST Wednesday.

Current headline map from HAMweather:

Winter Storm Warning covers all of Northwest Wisconsin, most of Northeast, Eastern and Central Minnesota. Winter Weather Advisory borders the warning to the north and south.

At 7pm CST:  Low pressure of 995mb was located in Central Nebraska and should move into far Southern Minnesota Wednesday Morning.

Latest radar imagery shows the leading edge of snow spreading slowly north into Central-Eastern Minnesota and Northern Wisconsin.  At 7:48 PM CST GR3 radar out of Duluth had the leading edge of snow from about Leader and Brainerd, east to Askov in Minnesota and from Dairyland and Wascott, east to Glidden and Mercer in Northwest Wisconsin.

Click the map for a little loopy loop:


-Based on current radar trends and short term model guidance, it appears that snow should reach the Twin Ports between 10pm-12am Tonight.

-Snow wi…

*Storm Update Number 2*

Issued at 3:18 PM CST, Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

*WINTER STORM WARNING* for Duluth and Superior 6pm This Evening-6pm Wednesday.

As of 3pm CST low pressure has deepened to 994mb (down from 1000mb at 11am) The center of the low was in the Northwest Kansas/Southwest Nebraska vicinity.

Low pressure is forecast to move into far Southeast South Dakota around Midnight Tonight.

Latest radar:  Click the pic for a loop!

*Snow or a mixture of snow, sleet and freezing rain should move into Southern parts of the Northland thru 7pm...Or along and south of a line from Pine River to Moose Lake to Solon Springs to Mercer.

*Snow will slowly lift north and should reach the Twin Ports between 9pm-12am Tonight based on latest model data.

*Snowfall storm totals by late Wednesday Afternoon are expected to range from 9-14" in Duluth and Superior with locally higher totals possible.

*E/NE winds will increase Tonight and Wednesday.  Wind speeds of 15 to 25 mph are likely with gusts exceeding 30 mph.  Cons…

*Tuesday Morning Winter Storm Update*

Issued at 11:44 AM CST, Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Current headlines per NWS Duluth, Minnesota.

*WINTER STORM WARNING*6pm Today until 6pm Wednesday for Duluth and Superior.  Counties included are:  Cass...Crow Wing...Aitkin...Carlton...Pine...and Southern St. Louis in Minnesota.  And in Wisconsin:  Douglas...Bayfield...Ashland...Iron...Burnett...Washburn...Sawyer...and Price.  A few other cities included in the warning are:  In Minnesota:  Cass Lake, Walker, Leader, Pillager, Brainerd, Aitkin, Hill city, McGregor, Pine City, Hinckley, Moose Lake, Cloquet, and Floodwood.  In Wisconsin:  Solon Springs, Bayfield, Ashland, Butternut, Hurley, Danbury, Minong, Spooner, Hayward, and Park Falls.

*WINTER STORM WARNING*9pm This Evening until 6pm Wednesday for Lake...Cook...Central St. Louis...and Itasca Counties in Minnesota.  Some cities included in the warning are:  Two Harbors...Silver Bay...Isabella...Lutsen...Grand Marais...Hovland...Grand Portage...Hibbing...and Bigfork.


A major winter storm arrives Tuesday Evening and lingers into Wednesday.

Issued at 4:11 PM CST, Monday, February 27th, 2012

Increasing clouds with some light snow for some late Tonight and TuesdayMajor winter storm overspreads parts of the area late Tuesday Afternoon-WednesdayNear blizzard conditions may develop late Tuesday Night-Wednesday Morning in the Twin Ports
Weather Tidbits:

*3.2" snowfall at Duluth, Minnesota on February 26th was our first 3.0" or greater snowfall total since April 16th, 2011 (3.2")

*Seasonal snowfall total is up to 26.6" at Duluth, Minnesota which is 37.9" below average.  Note:  The least snowiest winter on record in Duluth is 26.8" which was set in 1899-1900.

*February snowfall total is up to 9.7" at Duluth, Minnesota which is 1.6" below average.

*From February 15th-27th:  9.2" of snow has fallen at Duluth, Minnesota.

Today's Weather Summary for Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin

Partly to mostly sunny skies occurred Today with highs mainly in the 20s to lower 30s.  Winds we…


Issued at 3:33 PM CST, Monday, February 27th, 2012

*WINTER STORM WARNING*Source:  National Weather Service Duluth, Minnesota

A winter storm warning is in effect from 6pm CST Tuesday until 6pm CST Wednesday for the following Counties:  In Minnesota:  Cass...Crow Wing...Aitkin...Pine...Carlton...and Southern St. Louis.  In Wisconsin:  Douglas...Bayfield...Ashland...Iron...Burnett...Washburn...Sawyer...and Price.  Some cities included in the warning:  Cass Lake MN...Walker MN...Leader MN...Pillager MN...Brainerd MN...Aitkin MN...Hill City MN...McGregor MN...Pine City MN...Hinckley MN...Moose Lake MN...Cloquet MN...Duluth MN...Floodwood MN...  Superior WI...Solon Springs WI...Bayfield WI...Ashland WI...Butternut WI...Hurley WI...Danbury WI...Minong WI...Spooner WI...Hayward WI...Park Falls WI.

Discussion:  A major winter storm will hit portions of the Northland beginning Tuesday Evening and lasting into Wednesday.  Some light snow is possible at times on Tuesday, but accumulations should be…

Tuesday Night/Wednesday Storm Update

Issued at 12:11 PM CST, Monday, February 27th, 2012

*WINTER STORM WATCH* is in effect from Tuesday Afternoon thru Wednesday Afternoon for Cass...Crow Wing...Aitkin...Pine...Carlton...and Southern St. Louis Counties in Minnesota and for Douglas...Bayfield...Ashland...Iron...Burnett...Washburn...Sawyer...and Price Counties in Wisconsin.  Some cities included in the watch:  Cass Lake...Walker...Brainerd...Aitkin...Pine City...Hinckley...Moose Lake...Duluth...Floodwood...Superior...Bayfield...Ashland...Hurley...Danbury...Spooner...Hayward...and Park Falls.

12z model data from This Morning has trended somewhat north from previous runs with the track of the surface low for Tuesday and Wednesday.  What this means is that heavy snow may spread slightly farther to the north than what I thought Sunday Evening.  It now appears that locations along and south of Highway 2 in Minnesota could receive 6-12" of snow and it's not out of the question that some spots pick up over one foot of snow…

Sunday's winter storm hits north of Duluth. The next one will be south of Duluth for Tuesday and Wednesday.

Issued at 7:58 PM CST, Sunday, February 26th, 2012

Accumulating snow the rest of Tonight for the South Shore and ArrowheadSnow showers and flurries continue elsewhere TonightSome sun should return on MondayA major storm may hit parts of the Northland Tuesday-Wednesday
*Preliminary snowfall report for Sunday, February 26th, 2012*
Source:  National Weather Service Duluth, Minnesota

13 miles east-southeast of Gunflint Lake, MN (Cook County)  11.0"
7 miles northwest of Two Harbors, MN (Lake County)  10.7"
Brimson, MN (St. Louis County)  10.3"
2 miles east of Grand Rapids, MN (Itasca County)  10.0"
2 miles north of Two Harbors, MN (Lake County)  10.0"
Hibbing, MN (St. Louis County)  10.0"
Chisholm, MN (St. Louis County)  9.8"
12 miles north of Grand Rapids, MN (Itasca County)  8.5"
Bigfork, MN (Itasca County)  8.0"
Babbitt, MN (St. Louis County)  7.5"
McKinley, MN (St. Louis County)  7.0"
3 miles east of Orr, MN (St. Louis County)  6.6&…

*Latest Winter Weather Headlines* Updated!!

Issued at 5:40 PM CST, Sunday, February 26th, 2012

Source:  National Weather Service Duluth, Minnesota

A winter storm warning remains in effect until 6am CST Monday for the following Counties in Minnesota:  Koochiching...Itasca...Northern and Central St. Louis...Cook...and Lake.  Some cities included in the warning:  International Falls...Bigfork...Grand Rapids...Hibbing...Ely...Crane Lake...Grand Portage...Hovland...Grand Marais...Lutsen...Silver Bay...Finland...Isabella...and Two Harbors.

Discussion:  Light snow and flurries will continue Tonight with moderate to heavy snow persisting This Evening along the North Shore of Lake Superior and also in the Arrowhead.

Additional snowfall accumulations:  1-3" of snow is expected Tonight with locally higher amounts along the North Shore of Lake Superior.  Total storm accumulations will range from 5-9" with 12-16" possible in some locations along the North Shore of Lake Superior.

Impacts:  Roads will remain …

Snowy Sunday! Latest info. on Tomorrow's storm as well as the potential storm for next Tue-Wed.

Issued at 4:03 PM CST, Saturday, February 25th, 2012

Clouds on the increase TonightSnow spreads in from the west either late Tonight or Sunday MorningSnowy Sunday aheadA second storm may hit the area Tuesday-Wednesday
Today's Weather Summary for Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin

Lake effect snow showers last night and Today dropped 5.5" of snow at Gile, Wisconsin and 4.0" of snow near Upson, Wisconsin (NWS Duluth)  This lake effect snow shower activity ended by This Afternoon as surface winds switched from the northwest to more of a westerly direction.  Partly to mostly sunny skies were found across our area Today with seasonably cool temperatures with highs mainly in the 20s.  Winds were out of the west, northwest or southwest at 15 mph or less, but winds are beginning to turn to the east late This Afternoon in western parts of our area.

Today's Upper Level Analysis:

RUC model analysis and water vapor satellite imagery depicts an upper level ridge covering th…

*Updated winter weather headlines*

Issued at 1:10 PM CST, Saturday, February 25th, 2012

Source:  National Weather Service Duluth, Minnesota

A winter storm warning is in effect from Midnight CST Tonight until 6am CST Monday for the following Counties in Minnesota:  Koochiching...Itasca...Northern Cass...Central and Northern St. Louis...Lake...and Cook.  Some cities included in the warning are:  International Falls...Northome...Bigfork...Grand Rapids...Cass Lake...Walker...Hibbing...Ely...Crane Lake...Two Harbors...Silver Bay...Finland...Isabella...Lutsen...Grand Marais...Hovland...and Grand Portage.

Discussion:  Snow will move into Northcentral Minnesota after Midnight Tonight and will spread into Northeast Minnesota, including the North Shore and Arrowhead Sunday Morning.  Snow, heavy at times will continue during the day Sunday before tapering to light snow and flurries from west to east Sunday Night.

Total snowfall accumulations:  5-8" of snow is expected by late Sunday Night with the higher …

Accumulating snow east of the Twin Ports Tonight. Latest info. on the Sunday storm, and possibly another one for next Tuesday-Wednesday!

Issued at 3:17 PM CST, Friday, February 24th, 2012

Lake effect snow showers with several inches of accumulation Tonight for the South ShoreClouds and flurries linger for the rest of us TonightChilly, but dry Saturday aheadSnow system still expected on Sunday, heaviest totals north of Duluth?Major storm is possible next Tuesday-Wednesday
*WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY*Source:  National Weather Service Service Duluth, Minnesota

A winter weather advisory is in effect until 11am CST Saturday for the following Counties in Northwest Wisconsin:  Bayfield...Ashland...and Iron.  Some cities included in the advisory are:  Port Wing...Cornucopia...Bayfield...Washburn...Iron River...Grand View...Cable...Ashland...Mellen...High Bridge...Glidden...Butternut...Upson...Montreal...Hurley...and Gile.

Discussion:  Snow showers will occur along the South Shore of Lake Superior Tonight and Saturday Morning before ending Saturday Afternoon.  Total snowfall accumulations of 3-7" are expected in the advisory are…

Drought update! 1/2-2.0" of snow possible late Tonight-Friday Evening. Latest info. on the Sunday storm!

Issued at 3:24 PM CST, Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Clouds along with passing snow showers and flurries thru Friday NightMinor snow accumulations possible in spots Tonight and FridaySaturday looks dry and seasonably chillyStorm threat continues for Sunday
*Latest Drought Monitor for Minnesota as of February 21st, 2012*
Source:  Climate Prediction Center

*99% of Minnesota was abnormally dry
*96% of Minnesota, including the city of Duluth was in moderate drought (unchanged from last week)
*24.10% of Minnesota was in severe drought (unchanged from last week

Quick facts:

*The period from August 28th, 2011 thru February 23rd, 2012 has had 3.00-7.50" of precipitation across Northern Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin which is 4-8" below average! (MRCC)

*An additional 3-6" of precipitation is needed in Northern Minnesota to get back to average while Northwest Wisconsin is doing somewhat better, here precipitation totals of a trace to 3" is needed to get back to normal. (MRCC…