After a quiet Thanksgiving in terms of weather conditions, another major winter storm is arriving in time to complicate weekend travel plans.
The National Weather Service in Duluth noted as one winter storm ended Wednesday another is arriving Friday night, Nov. 29, and should affect the area through Sunday. The worst of the storm is expected Saturday and Saturday night. Roads are expected to be snow-covered and slick, making for difficult travel.
“A prolonged period of accumulating snow is expected for this time frame, with the potential for some lakeshore flooding over the Twin Ports area, including the Canal Park area of Duluth,” the weather service reported on Thanksgiving. “Strong east to northeast winds will support blowing and drifting snow, with whiteout conditions possible along the Lake Superior North Shore. A light glaze of ice is also possible due to freezing drizzle. The storm will likely impact any holiday travel for the upcoming weekend, with power outages possible as well.”
The storm should end Sunday afternoon and night.
Widespread snow accumulation of 6 inches or more is likely. For those traveling in the Duluth area, blowing and drifting snow is likely along the North Shore, along with whiteout conditions.
It was too early Thursday to predict snowfall amounts with this slow-moving storm, the weather service noted, but the storm could drop substantial snow in its path — perhaps as much as 13 inches in the Brainerd lakes area. Duluth could see as much as 17 inches.
The storm is coloring the map from the West Coast to the Midwest. Hazardous travel conditions are expected from the Rockies to the Northern Plains with the heavy snow and strong winds and localized blizzard conditions, the weather service reported.
In Minnesota, the highest expectations for snow are from central Minnesota north with moderate snowfall across the state through the Twin Cities and slighter amounts in southern Minnesota. How far the snow line will reach was still uncertain but a sharp snowfall gradient was expected.