Heavy snow northeastern Minnesota Sunday; winds pick up Sunday p.m.

Blizzard warning in Cook County

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Additional snow Sunday/Sunday night
National Weather Service

The Saturday night snow total at MSP airport was 1.1 inches. A bit more was measured in parts of the north metro. A 7 inch report from Brainerd is the highest snow total that I have seen so far from northern Minnesota, where snow will continue today. We’ll have additional snow reports as we go through Sunday.

There are some slick roads in parts of the metro and across Minnesota and Wisconsin this morning. Updated Minnesota road conditions can be found here. Wisconsin road conditions can be found here.

Snowfall reports will be updated by the NWS here. You can hover over any data point on the linked NWS snowfall map to see the location and time of the snow measurement. You can also slide the map to see snow reports in other parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin.

More snow?

The Twin Cities metro area could see occasional light snow showers or sprinkles today, but additional snow accumulation will be minimal in the metro area. Snow will continue to accumulate in northern Minnesota and parts of central Minnesota plus much of Wisconsin today. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s High-Resolution Rapid-Refresh (HRRR) model shows the potential precipitation pattern from 7 a.m. Sunday through 11 p.m. Sunday:

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Simulated radar 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday
NOAA, via Tropicaltidbits.com

Here are storm totals expected in northwestern Minnesota (including the snow that has already fallen):

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Storm total snow forecast
National Weather Service

Here are additional snow totals expected in northeastern Minnesota and Wisconsin:

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Additional snow Sunday/Sunday night
National Weather Service

You can hear updated weather information for Minnesota and western Wisconsin on the Minnesota Public Radio News network, and you can see updated weather info on the MPR News live weather blog.

Warnings and advisories

Winter storm warnings continue today across northern Minnesota, with adjoining winter weather advisories:

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Warnings and advisories
National Weather Service

Here are warning details in northwestern Minnesota:

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE National Weather Service Grand Forks ND 331 AM CST Sun Dec 5 2021 MNZ005-006-008-009-013>017-022>024-027-028-032-060600- /O.CON.KFGF.WS.W.0003.000000T0000Z-211206T0600Z/ Roseau-Lake Of The Woods-East Marshall-North Beltrami-Pennington- Red Lake-East Polk-North Clearwater-South Beltrami-Mahnomen- South Clearwater-Hubbard-West Becker-East Becker-Wadena- Including the cities of Roseau, Warroad, Greenbush, Baudette, Newfolden, Middle River, Grygla, Red Lake, Redby, Ponemah, Thief River Falls, Red Lake Falls, Fosston, Fertile, McIntosh, Erskine, Bagley, Clearbrook, Bemidji, Mahnomen, Naytahwaush, Waubun, Alida, Ebro, Lake Itasca, Long Lost Lake, Lower Rice Lake, Roy Lake, Upper Rice Lake, Park Rapids, Detroit Lakes, Wolf Lake, Wadena, and Menahga 331 AM CST Sun Dec 5 2021 ...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT CST TONIGHT... * WHAT...Heavy snow. Total snow accumulations of 6 to 10 inches. Winds gusting as high as 40 to 45 mph this afternoon and evening will cause areas of blowing and drifting snow. * WHERE...Portions of central, north central and northwest Minnesota. * WHEN...Until midnight CST tonight. * IMPACTS...Travel will be slow this morning. There may be a lull in activity early this afternoon, before the windy period begins. Areas of blowing and drifting snow will significantly reduce the visibility this afternoon and evening. Cold wind chills as low as 20 below zero late tonight could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency. The latest road conditions for North Dakota can be found at dot.nd.gov/travel and for Minnesota at 511mn.org, or by calling 5 1 1 in either state

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Warnings and advisories
National Weather Service

Here are details of the blizzard warning in Cook county:

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE National Weather Service Duluth MN 351 AM CST Sun Dec 5 2021 MNZ021-060000- /O.CON.KDLH.BZ.W.0001.211205T1100Z-211206T1200Z/ Southern Cook- Including the city of Grand Marais 351 AM CST Sun Dec 5 2021 ...BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM CST MONDAY... * WHAT...Blizzard conditions expected. Total snow accumulations of 10 to 16 inches. Winds gusting as high as 45 mph. * WHERE...Southern Cook County. This includes the Tribal Lands of the Grand Portage Reservation. * WHEN...Until 6 AM CST Monday. * IMPACTS...Travel could be very difficult to impossible. Widespread blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... Travel should be restricted to emergencies only. If you must travel, have a winter survival kit with you. If you get stranded, stay with your vehicle. The latest road conditions can be obtained by calling 5 1 1. Road conditions can also be found at 511mn.org for Minnesota or 511wi.gov for Wisconsin.

Here are details of the winter storm warning in northeastern Minnesota

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE National Weather Service Duluth MN 351 AM CST Sun Dec 5 2021 MNZ020-037-060000- /O.CON.KDLH.WS.W.0005.000000T0000Z-211206T1200Z/ Southern Lake-Carlton and South St. Louis- Including the cities of Two Harbors, Silver Bay, and Duluth 351 AM CST Sun Dec 5 2021 ...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM CST MONDAY... * WHAT...Heavy snow. Additional snow accumulations of 8 to 11 inches, except 12 to 19 inches for the higher terrain of the North Shore. Winds gusting as high as 40 mph. * WHERE...Southern Lake and Carlton and South St. Louis Counties. This includes the Tribal Lands of the Fond du Lac Band. * WHEN...Until 6 AM CST Monday. * IMPACTS...Travel could be very difficult to impossible. Patchy blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility to near blizzard conditions especially along the North Shore. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency. The latest road conditions can be obtained by calling 5 1 1. Road conditions can also be found at 511mn.org for Minnesota or 511wi.gov for Wisconsin.



Winds ramp up in central and southern Minnesota plus western Wisconsin later today. A wind advisory starts at 3 p.m. in west-central and southwestern Minnesota, and at 6 p.m. in eastern Minnesota, including the Twin Cities:

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Advisories for Sunday and Sunday night
National Weather Service

Here are details of the wind advisory, which continues overnight:

URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE National Weather Service Twin Cities/Chanhassen MN 312 AM CST Sun Dec 5 2021 MNZ042>045-049>053-057>063-065>070-074>078-082>085-091>093-051715- /O.NEW.KMPX.WI.Y.0011.211206T0000Z-211206T1300Z/ Todd-Morrison-Mille Lacs-Kanabec-Stearns-Benton-Sherburne-Isanti- Chisago-Kandiyohi-Meeker-Wright-Hennepin-Anoka-Ramsey-Washington- Renville-McLeod-Sibley-Carver-Scott-Dakota-Brown-Nicollet- Le Sueur-Rice-Goodhue-Watonwan-Blue Earth-Waseca-Steele-Martin- Faribault-Freeborn- Including the cities of Long Prairie, Little Falls, Princeton, Mora, St Cloud, Sauk Rapids, Elk River, Cambridge, Center City, Willmar, Litchfield, Monticello, Minneapolis, Blaine, St Paul, Stillwater, Olivia, Hutchinson, Gaylord, Chanhassen, Chaska, Victoria, Shakopee, Hastings, New Ulm, St Peter, Le Sueur, Faribault, Red Wing, St James, Mankato, Waseca, Owatonna, Fairmont, Blue Earth, and Albert Lea 312 AM CST Sun Dec 5 2021 ...WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO 7 AM CST MONDAY... * WHAT...Northwest winds 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 45 mph expected. * WHERE...Portions of central, east central, south central and southeast Minnesota. * WHEN...From 6 PM this evening to 7 AM CST Monday. * IMPACTS...Gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects. Tree limbs could be blown down and a few power outages may result. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Strong winds and rapidly falling temperatures will also lead to wind chills 10 to 20 degrees below zero early Monday. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... Use extra caution when driving, especially if operating a high profile vehicle. Secure outdoor objects.

You can expect sharply falling temps overnight. Temps during the daylight hours of Monday will be in the single digits in the north, and barely in the teens in southern Minnesota. Wind chill temps will be well below zero on Monday. Your warmest coat, gloves and hat will be appropriate!

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