Major Winter Storm expected Christmas Eve through Christmas
A winter storm is on track to bring significant snow accumulations to much of the Northland beginning as early as Wednesday night, lasting through the Christmas holiday. The National Weather Service office in Duluth has issued a blizzard warning in effect from 6 a.m. Thursday through 6 a.m. Saturday for areas around Duluth up the North Shore and south into Carlton County as well.
The following predictions were made Wednesday afternoon on the National Weather Service Web site (www.crh.noaa.gov) under its "blizzard warning" heading:
* LIGHT SNOW WILL BEGIN OVERNIGHT TONIGHT ACROSS THE TWO
HARBORS... DULUTH... SUPERIOR AND CLOQUET AREAS. SNOW WILL
BECOME HEAVY AT TIMES TOMORROW AND ESPECIALLY TOMORROW NIGHT
INTO CHRISTMAS DAY.
* STORM TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 14 TO 18 INCHES APPEAR
LIKELY... WITH SOME LOCAL AMOUNTS GREATER THAN 20 INCHES
POSSIBLE...ESPECIALLY FROM DULUTH NORTHEASTWARD ALONG THE HIGHER
TERRAIN OF THE NORTH SHORE OF LAKE SUPERIOR.
* EAST TO NORTHEAST WINDS WILL CONTINUE TO SLOWLY INCREASE FROM 15
TO 30 MPH TONIGHT... TO 20 TO 40 MPH BY TOMORROW EVENING INTO
CHRISTMAS MORNING. SOME LOCALLY HIGHER GUSTS ARE LIKELY IN AREAS
ADJACENT TO LAKE SUPERIOR. THE COMBINATION OF WINDS AND HEAVY
FALLING SNOW WILL RESULT IN WIDESPREAD BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW
AND WHITE OUT CONDITIONS AT TIMES.
* ROAD CONDITIONS WILL DETERIORATE RAPIDLY DURING THE DAY TOMORROW
WITH ANY TRAVEL BECOMING DANGEROUS BY LATE TOMORROW AFTERNOON
AND LASTING THROUGH MUCH OF CHRISTMAS.
* THE MOST SEVERE CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED FROM LATE TOMORROW
AFTERNOON... THROUGH CHRISTMAS EVE AND MUCH OF THE DAY ON
CHRISTMAS WHEN THE COMBINATION OF 1 TO 2 INCH PER HOUR SNOWFALL
ACCUMULATION RATES AND VERY STRONG WINDS WILL CREATE WHITEOUT
A BLIZZARD WARNING MEANS SEVERE AND LIFE-THREATENING WINTER
WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED. ANY TRAVEL IS STRONGLY
DISCOURAGED. IF YOU CHOOSE TO TRAVEL...YOU MAY BE RISKING YOUR
LIFE. BE AWARE THAT YOU MAY BECOME STRANDED AND THAT IT COULD TAKE
MANY HOURS FOR HELP TO ARRIVE. KEEP A WINTER SURVIVAL KIT IN YOUR
VEHICLE...INCLUDING A FLASHLIGHT...FOOD...AND WATER. LET SOMEONE
KNOW YOUR TRAVEL ROUTE AND EXPECTED ARRIVAL TIME AND HAVE A
WORKING CELL PHONE IN CASE YOU BECOME STRANDED. IF YOU BECOME
STRANDED...STAY WITH YOUR VEHICLE AND USE IT AS A SHELTER. MANY
DEATHS OCCUR IN BLIZZARDS WHEN PEOPLE LEAVE THEIR VEHICLES TRYING
TO SEEK HELP.