WEATHER ALERTS: A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY is in place from 7 PM Saturday through 11 AM Sunday for the Arrowhead, Twin Ports, East Central Minnesota and most of Northwest Wisconsin. A WINTER STORM WARNING is in place from 7 PM Saturday to 11 AM Sunday for Douglas and Bayfield Counties. A LAKESHORE FLOOD WARNING is in place for the Twin Ports from 7 PM Saturday to 7 AM Sunday. A LAKESHORE FLOOD ADVISORY is in place for the South Shore and lakeside areas of Lake County. The advisories begin at 7 PM and run through 7 AM Sunday for Lake County, but until noon for the South Shore
TONIGHT: A strong Spring storm system is on track to impact the Northland. By mid-evening, the low will be centered near La Crosse, WI. We'll see rain for the late afternoon and evening, but will start to mix with or change over to snow by mid-evening. The precipitation may become all snow heading into the overnight hours. Models indicate temperatures will stay above freezing tonight, so we could see more rain than snow, but if we do see snow, not all of it may stick. This has and will be difficult to pinpoint what will happen. Areas northwest will stay mostly dry, but some light snow is possible. In addition, winds will also be strong out of the NE at 10-20 mph, but 20-30 mph lakeside with higher gusts. Winds will be calmer at 5-10 mph towards I-Falls. Lows will drop into the upper 20s to mid 30s.
SUNDAY: The rain, snow and strong winds will continue, but the precipitation will gradually end from west to east through the day. The rain and snow chances will linger in Wisconsin through about mid-evening, then gradually ending. Winds trend N at 10-25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph. Highs range from the mid 30s east and southeast to the low 50s north and west
SNOW TOTALS: Most areas will see some accumulating snow, but the heaviest will be in Douglas and Bayfield counties, and up towards Silver Bay, where 4-8" could fall. Most other areas will see 1-6", with lesser totals northwest and southeast. I-Falls and Bemidji may see no accumulation at all. The snow totals will likely vary on the temperature, so we could see totals on either end of the scale.
**We'll see a lot of liquid precipitation in a short amount of time. We'll see rain first, then changing over to snow. 1-2" of liquid precipitation is likely, so rivers and streams will likely rise. Some low-lying flooding is possible as well. **
SUNDAY NIGHT: Higher pressure settles in, which will calm the winds and allow skies to clear. Winds trend N at 5-15 mph early, but calming to 2-8 mph overnight. Lows drop back into the 20s to low 30s, but teens are possible north.
MONDAY: We'll see mostly sunny skies across the area with light winds as the high sits over us. Highs top out in the mid 40s to low 50s, but will be slightly cooler lakeside. Lows fall back into the 20s with scattered clouds.
TUESDAY-FRIDAY: Temperatures will be cooler by the lake as a persistent E to NE wind takes over. Tuesday will be nice with partly cloudy skies, but then a low pressure moves in for Wednesday and Thursday. This brings a chance of scattered rain and wintry mix showers. Highs inland will be in the 40s to low 50s Tuesday and Wednesday, with low to mid 40s to end the week. Lakeside areas will see highs in the mid 30s to low 40s.