Shovels and snowblowers are getting another weekend workout as Old Man Winter appears to be trying to make up for lost time and previous snow challenged seasons.
Much of central and northern Minnesota was in a winter storm warning Saturday, including Crow Wing, Cass, Morrison, Todd, Mille Lacs and Aitkin counties. The storm warning was expected to remain in effect until 6 a.m. Sunday. Heavy snowfall Saturday afternoon and night was expected to make traveling hazardous with snow-covered roads and visibility of less than a half mile. If motorists became stranded, the National Weather Service reported it may take some time for help to arrive.
The NWS predicted 4 to 8 inches of snow Saturday during the day another 2 to 4 inches possible Saturday night, mainly before midnight. Sunday was expected to bring sun and cold with a high near 6 degrees and wind gusts as high as 20 mph. The temperature will plunge Sunday night with an expected low of 16 below zero. Don't expect a warm up next week.
Greta Anderson, 8, of Grand Rapids bundled up and spent the morning at the Northland Arboretum in Brainerd Friday cheering on the cross country skiers competing in the Brainerd Invitational Nordic Ski Meet.
Brainerd Dispatch/Kelly Humphrey
The NWS forecast calls for a high Monday near 7 degrees. A moderating trend may bring high temps to the teens or nearly 20 for the remainder of the week. Nighttime lows are expected in the single digits or zero during the week.
Nationally, the Associated Press reported Pacific Northwest was in for heavy mixed precipitation on Friday. Snow levels were to drop to 1,500 feet Friday morning over the Cascades, while the Northern Rockies were to see a mixture of snow and rain as a warm front pushed the snow levels up to 5,000 feet.
Two cold fronts were to move across the Eastern U.S. on Friday. One was to move from Michigan to New England and extend down the East Coast, while the other was to follow close behind moving from Wisconsin to the eastern Great Lakes and extending along the Ohio River Valley.
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