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Frozen Four Forecast: Heavy, wet snow coming Thursday and Friday for much of Duluth area

Rain is expected to turn to snow Thursday afternoon in Duluth and Superior

Man shovels as man behind moves snow blower.
Monte Groskreupz, right, shovels snow at the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center in Superior as Jose Avaloa runs the snowblower Feb. 23. The Duluth area is facing another snowstorm Thursday.
Jed Carlson / 2023 file / Superior Telegram

DULUTH — Another major storm is on track to wallop the Duluth area on Thursday afternoon and Friday with up to a foot of new snow forecast for the city of Duluth and Minnesota's North Shore, and nearly 2 feet possible for parts of the Lake Superior South Shore snowbelt in Wisconsin and Michigan.

The National Weather Service in Duluth has issued a winter storm warning effective from 10 a.m. Thursday to 1 p.m. Friday for the area.

The winter storm warning includes Northeast Minnesota and all of northern Wisconsin. Much of southern and eastern Minnesota and north central Wisconsin are under a winter weather advisory for lesser snow amounts.

winter storm
A winter storm has been issued for areas in pink from 10 a.m. Thursday to 1 p.m. Friday. Areas in blue are under a winter weather advisory.
Contributed / National Weather Service

Precipitation is expected to start as rain Wednesday evening then turn to all snow Thursday, with heavy snow and gusty winds expected much of the day and into Thursday night and into Friday in some areas. Forecasters said the snow will start as very wet and heavy and could add significant snow load to already weight-stressed structures.

Winds are expected to gust to 30 mph across the region by Saturday and up to 50 mph north of Duluth in Cook County, causing whiteout conditions at times.


Because the wind will be from the north, it sets up the higher elevations along Lake Superior's South Shore to see lake-enhanced snowfall totals from 18-22 inches by Saturday.

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Yet another winter storm will arrive Thursday with heavy snow forecast into Friday for some areas.
Contributed / National Weather Service

Snowfall is expected to end from west to east by early Saturday.

Temperatures climbed well into he 40s across parts of the Duluth area on Wednesday but are expected to drop to highs only in the 20s Friday and Saturday — well below normal.

With the winter of 2022-23 already the ninth snowiest on record in Duluth at 116.4 inches, another 8 inches from the coming storm would jump this winter into sixth place with several more weeks of snow potential yet to come. The snow record for Duluth is 135.3 inches in the winter of 1995-96.

This story was edited at 4:15 p.m. March 15 to update the forecast from the National Weather Service. It was originally published at 10:25 a.m. on March 15.

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John Myers reports on the outdoors, natural resources and the environment for the Duluth News Tribune. You can reach him at jmyers@duluthnews.com.
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