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A plow clears snow during a winter storm in Duluth. (Bob King / rking@duluthnews.com)
A plow clears snow during a winter storm in Duluth. (Bob King / rking@duluthnews.com)

Heavy snow expected west, south of Twin Ports

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A major winter snowstorm is already pummeling North Dakota and western Minnesota and is expected to make its mark on the Northland overnight.

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Snow is expected to start in the Twin Ports about 8 p.m., and continue until about 8 a.m. Tuesday with anywhere from 2 to 7 inches around Duluth and Superior, depending on the track of the snow and where you live -- with more snow to the west and south and less to the east.

The heaviest snow should fall between 11 p.m. and 3 a.m. whipped by winds of up to 25 mph, said Carol Christenson, warring coordination meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Duluth.

More than 9 inches of new snow is possible from the Leech Lake area south to Pine County and into Burnett County, Wis. A band of about 7 inches should fall over Itasca County and the western Iron Range and into Carlton and southern Douglas counties, brushing Cloquet and western Duluth neighborhoods.

Eastern Duluth and the Arrowhead, as well as Northwestern Wisconsin, probably will see only a few inches of snow or less. Christenson said parts of North Dakota already have seen 7 inches of new snow with parts of western Minnesota already recording 3 inches on the ground.

The storm track still could change; dry air pooled over Lake Superior could reduce snowfall totals directly in Duluth, forecasters said.

Some lake-enhanced snow is possible from Duluth up the North Shore to Two Harbors and Silver Bay. Gusty northeast winds along the Lake Superior shore also may create areas of blowing and drifting snow.

Check back for forecast updates tonight, and for any school closings or delays that may occur on Tuesday if heavy snow occurs.

Here's a roundup for watches and warnings for different areas:

Duluth, Superior, Cloquet

A winter storm warning is in effect from 6 p.m. Monday to 6 p.m. Tuesday. Snow accumulations of 5 to 8 inches are possible, with the heaviest snowfall expected in areas to the south and west of Duluth. Winds will be out of the east to northeast at 15 to 25 mph, with higher gusts near Lake Superior, causing areas of blowing and drifting snow.

Light snow is expected in the Twin Ports by early evening, with little or no accumulation initially. Heavier snow is expected after sunset Monday evening. The heaviest snow is expected late Monday night into Tuesday morning.

Hibbing, Virginia, Ely, Cook

A winter weather advisory is in effect from 6 p.m. Monday to 6 p.m. Tuesday. Snow accumulations of 3 to 5 inches are possible, with winds will be out of the east to northeast at 10 to 20 mph. In general, snowfall is expected to be heavier to the west and lighter to the east.

Light snow is expected by late afternoon, with little or no accumulation initially. Heavier snow is expected after sunset Monday evening. Light snow may continue into Tuesday morning and afternoon.

Two Harbors, Washburn, Ashland

A winter weather advisory is in effect from 6 p.m. Monday to 6 p.m. Tuesday. Snow accumulations of 3 to 5 inches are possible, with locally heavier amounts possible along the North Shore between Two Harbors and Silver Bay. In general, snowfall is expected to be heavier to the west and lighter to the east.

Winds will be out of the east to northeast at 15 to 25 mph, with higher gusts near Lake Superior. Light snow is expected by late afternoon, with little or no accumulation initially. Heavier snow is expected after sunset Monday evening. The heaviest snow is expected late Monday night into Tuesday morning.

Grand Rapids, Bigfork, International Falls

A winter storm warning is in effect until 4 p.m. Tuesday. Snow accumulations of 5 to 9 inches are possible, with east to northeast winds at 10 to 20 mph with higher gusts. The heaviest snowfall is expected across southern and western Itasca County, and far southwestern Koochiching County.

Light snow is expected during the day Monday, with heavier snow moving in Monday evening. The heaviest snow is expected Monday night and Tuesday morning.

Hayward, Spooner

A winter storm watch is in effect from 6 p.m. Monday to 6 p.m. Tuesday. Snow accumulations of 4 to 7 inches are possible, with east to southeast winds at 10 to 20 mph. The greatest snow totals are expected across southwestern Washburn County.

Light snow is expected by early evening, with little or no accumulation initially. Heavier snow is expected after sunset Monday evening. The heaviest snow is expected late Monday night into Tuesday morning.

Aitkin, Walker, Hill City, Brainerd

A winter storm warning is in effect until 4 p.m. Tuesday. Snow accumulations of 8 to 10 inches are possible, with east to northeast winds at 10 to 20 mph with higher gusts. Light snow is expected during the day Monday, with more significant snow developing Monday evening. The heaviest snow is expected Monday night and early Tuesday morning.

Hinckley, Grantsburg

A winter storm warning is in effect from noon Monday to 6 p.m. Tuesday. Snow accumulations of 7 to 9 inches are possible, with east to northeast winds at 10 to 20 mph with higher gusts. The greatest snowfall is expected in southwestern Pine and Burnett counties.

Light snow is expected during the day Monday, with heavier snow moving in Monday evening. The heaviest snow is expected late Monday night and Tuesday morning.

Twin Cities

A winter storm warning is in effect through 6 p.m. Tuesday. Snow accumulations of 6 to 10 inches are possible with isolated amounts to near a foot. East winds of 10 to 20 mph Monday may cause blowing and drifting snow. Two periods of heavy snow are expected - from Monday morning through early afternoon, and again from Monday night into Tuesday morning.

Grand Marais, Hurley

No advisories or warnings are in effect with this storm. Snowfall of 1 to 3 inches is possible.

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