Gas up those snowblowers. This winter storm just got a little more serious.
The National Weather Service in Duluth issued a winter storm warning for the Brainerd lakes region this afternoon. The storm could dump 3-5 inches of heavy, wet snow today, April 18, and potentially add another 2-4 inches tonight.
The winter storm warning expires at 4 a.m. Friday.
More snow is likely Saturday with a mix of snow and rain forecast for Sunday.
“The leading edge of the next round of moderate to heavy snow will quickly spread north across the Brainerd lakes and Grand Rapids region through 2 p.m. (today) Expect the snow to rapidly increase in coverage and intensity through the late afternoon,” the weather service reported, adding snow will persist through the night and be heavy at times overnight.
When it’s all said and done Friday, the region could have 5-8 inches of snow. Winds may gust up to 40 mph, making travel difficult.
The winter storm warning covers Cass, Crow Wing, Todd, Morrison, Mille Lacs and Aitkin counties. Wadena County remains in a winter weather advisory. A gale warning was issued for Lake Superior. The winter storm warning extends through Duluth and the arrowhead where 8-10 inches of snow may fall with 9-13 inches on Lake Superior’s southern edge.