Snow fell across most of the Northland late Sunday and early Monday, leaving more than 3 inches on the ground in most areas and cementing a White Christmas.

The National Weather Service in Duluth reported 3.5 inches of new snow.

The dollop comes ahead of a second storm expected to drop significant snow across the northern fringes of the Northland late Tuesday into Wednesday, although as of Monday morning, the heaviest snow was expected to fall in Canada.

A December-long trend of warmer-than-average temperatures will continue into Wednesday before a subzero cold front moves in on Christmas Eve. Low temperatures are expected to reach well below zero Thursday and Friday morning, with highs Thursday in the single digits.

A return to more normal temperatures, with highs in the teens, is expected by Sunday.

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New snowfall totals from across the Northland:

Cotton — 5 inches

Two Harbors - 5 inches

International Falls — 3.7 inches

National Weather Service office, Duluth — 3.5 inches

Silver Bay — 3.5 inches

Hermantown — 3.5 inches

Kenwood — 3.5 inches

Cloquet - 3 inches

South Range — 3 inches

Gile, Wisconsin — 3 inches

Grand Marais — 2.5 inches

Mahtowa — 2.4 inches

Reports as of 4 p.m.