A winter storm is aimed at the Northland as a large low pressure system tracks in from the Dakotas. Snow is already coming down in the Twin cities where 10" are expected to fall over the next 24 hours. Here in the Northland the snow is being held off temporarily by dry air situated over the area. However, the snow will begin this evening as the stronger low brings in the moisture.
Heavy snow is expected this evening with strong winds coming out of the ESE 10-20mph and gusting up to 30mph. This will cause blowing snow and reduced visibility and NEAR blizzard conditions. Currently the National Weather Service has a WINTER STORM WARNING in effect until 4pm Tuesday.
Road conditions will likely become hazardous by the morning as snow continues to fall. The heaviest snow will be to the southwest from Brainerd to Sandstone and Pine city where 10" of snow accumulation is possible. The Twin Ports will also see heavy snow this evening with new snow accumulations around 3-6". With winds coming off the lake some lake enhancement is possible and could add another 1-3" to these totals at the head of the lake.
The snow should begin to taper off Tuesday afternoon and become mostly sunny as high pressure builds in.
If you do have any travel plans be sure to be vigilant on the road ways and take your time. Stay tuned for more updates.