29. Lake Effect snow warning last night & today. Moderate snow here, several schools closed.
Overnight, the winds turned to northwest and have brought heavy snow to the south shore.
Yesterday, winds targeted the north shore with the snow. Between 1 and 2 feet of new snow fell in Cook, Lake and St. Louis Counties of Minnesota by last night.
This picture (to the right) is from 8:45 looking out at my front yard with moderate snow falling.
Some Schools closed.
Up-to-the-date information about closed schools can be found at several sites. The screenshot (to the left) is from WDIO.com and WBSZ.com.
The heaviest snow will fall in Gogebic County of Michigan and Iron County in Wisconsin. The closings reflect that: Hurley and Mercer are in the heart of the Iron County Snowbelt. It is possible that some schools will close early today if the snow continues to accumulate.
Lake Effect Snow Warnings remain in effect until midnight tonight for Bayfield, Ashland, and Iron counties. The same goes for the Michigan counties of Gogebic and Ontonagon, as well as continuing east along the South Shore. The map (to the right) is from the NWS Duluth, depicting their weather story of today.
The snow will not penetrate too far inland, as Derek in Polk County reports 7 degrees this morning with clear and sunny skies. However, Phillips in Price County is reporting light snow. Currently at 9:45 here on Maple Hill:
Temp: 18.3 Dpt: 15 RH: 86% Baro: 30.16" Hg and rising. Wind: light from the NW Sky: 100% overcast with moderate snow. Snow: 4" (24 hours) at 8:00.
Road Conditions Deteriorating.
As of 9:00, State Patrol reports US 2 and US 51, as well as Wis 13, snow covered and slippery. The blue in the map (to the left) shows these dangerous roads. The next update will be in a few hours and can be found on the WI DOT page.
Road temperatures range from between 18 and 24 degrees, so unless the roads are being heavily salted, ice should not be a problem.
Walking in a Winter Wonderland... Yesterday morning I measured 1" of new snow as a disturbance spun over Lake Superior. Throughout the day occasional flakes fell, but it was quiet. This morning I measured 4" of new snow, with more accumulating every second.
I haven't measured the depth of the current snow on the ground, but it should be someplace around 18.5", this may be our greatest snow depth so far this winter.
My last picture (above) was taken from my dining room window this morning, it's zoomed-in on a branch of juniper that is one of the foundation plantings on the north side of the house.
Radar overshooting most of the snow.
This radar screenshot (to the left) was taken with my GRLevel3 radar software at 9:57 this morning, it's a Composite Scan (the highest value of every scan is layered together in one image).
A report at 5:17 from Giles in Iron County indicated 8.5" of snow has fallen so far. I added a point on the map of the approximate location of Giles. The lowest radar beam is about 9300 feet above the ground at Giles, and by looking at the radar echoes over that location, it's clear that quite a bit of snow is sliding in under the radar.