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Weather: Winter storm watch in effect

With a winter storm watch officially in effect for Friday, the National Weather Service has revised its forecast to predict fewer inches of snow for the Brainerd area.

With a winter storm watch officially in effect for Friday, the National Weather Service has revised its forecast to predict fewer inches of snow for the Brainerd area. Source: National Weather Service
With a winter storm watch officially in effect for Friday, the National Weather Service has revised its forecast to predict fewer inches of snow for the Brainerd area. Source: National Weather Service

With a winter storm watch officially in effect for Friday, the National Weather Service has revised its forecast to predict fewer inches of snow for the Brainerd area.

The projected path of the storm late Wednesday indicated areas to the west and north of Crow Wing County would see the heaviest snowfall, with 8 to 12 inches predicted. Most of Crow Wing County was expected to see 3 to 5 inches, although the northwestern corner of the county could see more.

The NWS in Duluth warned it's still early to accurately predict the storm, expected to drop the state's first snowfall of the impending winter season.

"The storm is still 36-48 hours out, and we are still uncertain where the heaviest snow will fall and the timing of the worst conditions," the NWS website warned.

Along with forecasted snow, the NWS predicted gusty northerly winds and possible hazardous travel conditions, with rain changing to snow from the northwest to the southeast late Thursday into Friday.

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After entering the day Friday with a 90 percent chance of snow, Friday evening finishes with a 30 percent chance with wind gusts as high as 30 mph. Saturday's forecast calls for mostly sunny skies with a high temperature near 29 degrees and a low at about 17 degrees. Sunday's temperatures are also expected to stay below freezing.

Looking further ahead, the current forecast indicates a slight chance of rain or snow Tuesday as well.

Related Topics: WINTER STORMWEATHER
Chelsey Perkins is the community editor of the Brainerd Dispatch. A lakes area native, Perkins joined the Dispatch staff in 2014. She is the Crow Wing County government beat reporter and the producer and primary host of the "Brainerd Dispatch Minute" podcast.
Reach her at chelsey.perkins@brainerddispatch.com or at 218-855-5874 and find @DispatchChelsey on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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