Although delayed, snow on the way
The forecast promised a fresh blast of snow Sunday, with anywhere from 3 to 8 inches for the Brainerd area.
As of 5 p.m., though, nary a flake had fallen.
Greg Frosig, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Duluth, said that although delayed, the snow was expected late Sunday and early Monday for Brainerd.
“It’s just that it’s running into dry air set up over Manitoba,” Frosig said late Sunday afternoon. “That’s eroding the leading edge of snow. That’s what is keeping it from getting far enough north to the Brainerd area.”
The slow-moving winter storm system was expected to impact the Brainerd area late Sunday and wind down Monday afternoon. While there were chances for localized snow totals of up to 8 inches, Frosig said the average in Brainerd should be about 5 inches.
A winter weather advisory for southern Cass, Crow Wing, southern Aitkin and Wadena counties is in effect until noon Monday, the National Weather Service in Duluth said.
The main impact of the storm will be 15 to 25 mph winds blowing and drifting snow, reduced visibility for motorists and snow-covered and slippery roadways.
In Mille Lacs, Morrison and Todd counties, a winter storm warning is in effect until noon Monday, with 6 to 11 inches of snowfall possible.
High temperatures in Brainerd are expected to be 20 to 25 degrees Monday, 18 to 23 degrees Tuesday, 27 to 32 degrees Wednesday, 18 to 23 degrees Thursday, 8 to 13 degrees Friday, 10 to 15 degrees Saturday and 13 to 18 degrees Sunday.
MATT ERICKSON may be reached at matt.erickson@brainerd dispatch.com or 855-5857.