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Winter storm takes aim at Northland; snowfall may exceed a foot

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Get those shovels and snowblowers ready: A winter storm taking aim at the Northland may drop in excess of a foot of snow by the time it moves out on Wednesday.

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And you'll want to get the wet snow removed quickly, because it'll be followed by a blast of arctic air that may leave daytime highs struggling to climb above zero by next weekend.

"It's one of the classic ones that bring us plenty of snow," said meteorologist Greg Frosig with the National Weather Service in Duluth.

That means a storm moving out of the Rockies and tracking into the Upper Midwest, and combining with lots of moisture streaming up from the Gulf of Mexico.

"It's going to be several waves of snow" starting today, Frosig said. As of Sunday night, forecasts were calling for 3 to 6 inches of snow across the region Monday through Monday night, before an expected break in the precipitation Monday night into Tuesday morning.

A second, heavier round of snow is expected Tuesday into Tuesday night; "that's going to be the main event," Frosig said.

By the time it's all done Wednesday, snowfall may reach 10-15 inches for the Twin Ports and across Northeastern Minnesota. Northwestern Wisconsin may see slightly lesser snowfall, perhaps 8-12 inches. The snow that falls should be of the heavy, wet variety.

On Sunday, the Weather Service issued winter weather advisories for the region to be in effect for the next several days, though those may need to be upgraded to a winter storm warning if heavy snow develops as expected. Check back to duluthnewstribune.com for weather and school closing updates today and throughout the week ahead.

In the wake of the snow will come northwest winds ushering in arctic air. Temperatures are expected start in the teens on Thursday morning before tumbling all day long. Lows should fall well below zero on Thursday night.

By the weekend, overnight lows may fall into the teens below zero and daytime highs may not rise above zero in some parts of the Northland, with the potential for dangerous wind chills.

Through Sunday evening, the seasonal snowfall at the Duluth airport stood at 5 inches, which is 11.6 inches below normal. As of Dec. 1 last year, Duluth had received 11.3 inches of snow.

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