Friday, April 1, 2011

4/1/11: ***WINTER STORM WATCH INFORMATION***

Issued at 4:19 PM CDT, Friday, April 1st, 2011

Source:  NWS Duluth, Minnesota.

*WINTER STORM WATCH*

Winter Storm Watch has been issued for Northern Minnesota for late Saturday Night through late Sunday Night.  Counties included in the watch are:  Koochiching and Itasca.  Some cities included in the watch are:  International Falls MN...Bigfork MN...Togo MN...Squaw Lake MN...Grand Rapids MN...and Wawina MN.

Impacts:  Snow will develop after Midnight Saturday Night and will continue through Sunday Night before tapering off late Sunday Night or early Monday Morning.  The heaviest snow is expected to fall Sunday and Sunday Evening.

*Snowfall rates could reach 1" an hour in the heavier snow bands with visibilities dropping to around one half mile at times.

*Roads will become snow covered and slippery with hazardous driving conditions.

*Total snowfall accumulations of 4-8" are expected in the watch area by late Sunday Night.

A winter storm watch means there is a potential for significant accumulation of snow, sleet, or ice that may impact travel and commerce.  You are encouraged to stay current with the latest weather information regarding this developing winter storm via local television, radio, the internet, or NOAA weather radio.

*WINTER STORM WATCH*

Winter Storm Watch has been issued for parts of Northeast Minnesota for Sunday Morning through Monday Morning.  Counties included in the watch are:  Central and Northern St. Louis...Lake...and Cook.  Some cities included in the watch are:  Crane Lake MN...Ely MN...Orr MN...Hibbing MN...Cotton MN...Knife River MN...Two Harbors MN...Isabella MN...Forest Center MN...Silver Bay MN...Finland MN...Lutsen MN...Grand Marais MN...Hovland MN...and Grand Portage MN.

Impacts:  Snow will begin Sunday Morning in Northeastern Minnesota with snow continuing through Monday Morning before tapering off Monday Afternoon.  The heaviest snow is expected to fall from Sunday Afternoon into Sunday Night.

*Snowfall rates could reach 1" an hour in the heaviest snow bands with visibilities dropping to around one half mile at times.

*Roads will become snow covered and slippery with hazardous driving conditions.

*Total snowfall accumulations of 4-8" are expected in the watch area by Monday Morning with localized higher amounts possible along the higher terrain along the North Shore of Lake Superior.

Tim