Sunday, March 3, 2013

Parts of the Northland under a winter storm watch late Tonight-Tuesday Morning.

/Issued 10:44 AM CST, Sunday, March 3rd, 2013/

*Areas shaded in blue are under a Winter Storm Watch from late Tonight through Tuesday Morning.  The watch is currently west-south of the Twin Ports, but this may be expanded a little more to the north/east by later Today.  Stay tuned!

-Winter Storm Watch issued for parts of the Northland.  This watch may be extended farther toward the east by later Today to include other areas in Northwest Wisconsin as well as the Twin Ports and portions of the North Shore of Lake Superior per latest forecast discussion from the Duluth National Weather Service.

Source:  National Weather Service Duluth, Minnesota

Location:  Parts of Northcentral and Eastcentral Minnesota and a small part of Northwest Wisconsin.

Counties included in the watch:

Cass MN
Crow Wing MN
Aitkin MN
Pine MN
Burnett WI

Some cities included in the watch:

Cass Lake MN...Walker MN...Leader MN...Brainerd MN...Hill City MN...Aitkin MN...McGregor MN...Hinckley MN...Pine City MN...Siren WI...and Danbury WI.

Timing:  From late Tonight through Tuesday Morning.

Discussion:  The potential is increasing for a winter storm in parts of Northcentral and Eastcentral Minnesota and far Northwest Wisconsin as a potent storm system dives southeast out of the Northern Rockies and into the Northern Plains through Monday Evening.  Snow is forecast to develop either late Tonight or Monday Morning in the watch area with snow continuing into Monday Night and Tuesday Morning before tapering off to flurries Tuesday Afternoon.

Total snowfall accumulations:  4-8" with locally higher amounts of up to 10" are possible by Tuesday Afternoon.

Wind and visibility:  East to northeast winds at 10 to 20 mph shifting to the north on Tuesday.  Visibilities could drop to a quarter mile at times in the heavier snow.

Impacts:  Roads will become snow covered and slippery Monday Morning.  Use extreme caution if you have travel plans and be prepared for limited visibility in falling snow.

A winter storm watch means there is a potential for significant snow accumulations that may impact travel.  Continue to monitor the latest forecasts.

*Here's the latest heavy snow graphic from the HPC.  Snowfall totals of at least 4" are possible in the areas outlined below.  This is valid for Monday AM through Tuesday AM.

Red=High risk for at least 4" of snow.
Green=Moderate risk for at least 4" of snow.
Blue=Slight risk for at least 4" of snow.