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Friday morning commute could be snowy in Twin Ports

Friday and Sunday could be very snowy days across parts of the Northland, especially along the higher terrain in Duluth and the North Shore. Strong and cold Northeast winds blowing across the open waters of Lakes Nipigon and Superior are expected...

Friday and Sunday could be very snowy days across parts of the Northland, especially along the higher terrain in Duluth and the North Shore.

Strong and cold Northeast winds blowing across the open waters of Lakes Nipigon and Superior are expected to bring several inches of lake-effect snow starting before dawn Friday and continuing into the day -- mostly between Duluth and Silver Bay, the National Weather Service in Duluth reports.

A lake-effect snow watch has been issued for Friday morning from Silver Bay to Duluth, mostly within 10 miles of Lake Superior but also as far inland as Cloquet and Floodwood.

Exactly where the most snow will fall, and how much, depends on the wind and how dry the air is that's blowing down from Ontario. A similar pattern dropped 18 inches of snow in parts of western Duluth in December 2007 in just a few hours, yet only an inch or two in far eastern Duluth.

On Saturday night, a major winter storm moves into the region from the southern Great Plains. That storm should bring a few inches of snow to the entire region, but also could pile up snow in some areas, depending on the exact track. That storm also could produce lake-effect snow for the North Shore early Sunday and for the South Shore Sunday night and Monday.

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Travel conditions near Lake Superior could be poor on Friday and the entire region could see hazardous travel Saturday night and Sunday.

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