A prolonged snow event is predicted for many parts of the Northland starting Thursday afternoon and continuing through to Saturday.

The National Weather Service in Duluth issued a winter weather advisory and winter storm watch for much of the region, including central and southern St. Louis County, the North Shore, Carlton County and several northwestern Wisconsin counties.

The snowfall is expected to accumulate, with the heaviest snow trending towards the south. Between 6-8 inches of snow is predicted for Duluth and northwestern Wisconsin. Around 4-6 inches of snow is possible along the North Shore, the weather service reported. Areas north of the Iron Range will likely see 3-4 inches of snow.

A period of freezing rain may also lead to minor icing late Wednesday evening and into Thursday morning. The morning rain is predicted to switch to snow by midday Thursday and linger through Saturday, with the heaviest accumulations Thursday night into Friday morning.

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