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Update: Less snow expected with late winter storm

A major late-winter snowstorm will move into the Northland late Saturday night and into Sunday dropping an expected 1-8 inches of snow across the region.

The National Weather Service in Duluth says the snow system has slowed down and will gradually overtake the region from the southwest, starting in Grand Rapids about 9 p.m. and Hinckley at about 6 p.m. Saturday, about 10 p.m. in the Twin Ports and far northern Wisconsin and not until midnight or 3 a.m. in Lake and Cook counties.

The storm’s heaviest snow is expected in western Minnesota where 8-12 inches is forecast along with a mix of sleet and freezing rain in some areas, including the Twin Cities. An initial surge of rain has decreased snow totals for eastern Minnesota. 

A band of 4-6 inches of new snow is now forecast from about Lake of the Woods stretching south and east through Grand Rapids and Superior. The rest of Douglas County, as well as Bayfield and Ashland counties, are expected to get 6-7 inches of snow. Duluth and Hermantown are now only predicted to get about 3-5 inches along with the Iron Range. The far Arrowhead is expected to get just 1-3 inches. 

These totals have changed drastically over the past 24 hours as original totals for the Northland were expected to be as high as 8 inches in the Twin Ports and as high as 6 inches for the rest of the Arrowhead Region.

A winter storm warning has been issued for most of Minnesota, except for the Arrowhead, lasting from 3 p.m. Saturday to 9 a.m. Sunday. In Wisconsin, a winter storm warning is issued for Douglas, Bayfield, Ashland, Burnett and Washburn counties. Much of the rest of the region is under a winter storm advisory.

The heaviest snow is expected to fall between sunset Saturday and sunrise Sunday when visibility could drop drastically and travel may be difficult.

Temperatures are expected to remain cool enough in the Northland so that most of the precipitation falls as snow, although parts of north-central Wisconsin could see a rain/snow mix.

The temperature hit 32 degrees at 4:24 p.m. Friday, ending the below freezing streak at 58 days in a row making it the sixth-longest streak in history.