Winter Storm Warnings and Blizzard Warnings have been in effect since yesterday across northern Wisconsin and northeast Minnesota. This graphic (to the right) shows the warnings and advisories from the National Weather Service offices. The storm is expected to peak Sunday afternoon and evening before tapering off to lake-effect snow on Monday.
Expected snowfall totals.
The heaviest axis of snow is forecast to fall in the Arrowhead of Minnesota, along the north shore of Lake Superior. This graphic (to the left) is from the NWS Duluth and depicts the expected snowfall totals from this storm system.
In addition, very strong northeast winds are beginning to funnel down Lake Superior. Duluth's harbor (KDYT obs) has already measured winds as high as 50 mph, which will bring blizzard conditions to the head of the Lake around Duluth and Superior, where US 2 has closed in the city of Superior.
Likewise, the strong northeast winds have been hitting the Chequamegon Bay area of northern Wisconsin (KASX obs) with gusts measured up to 40 mph. This has prompted the closure of Highway US 2 just west of Ashland, where the highway runs along Lake Superior. The combination of heavy snow and strong winds are producing a whiteout in the area of Fish Creek Slough near the intersection of Highway 13 and US 2.
Wisconsin DOT road conditions can be found on this page (link).
Heavy snow across the northern third of the state.
This is a screenshot (to the right) of AccuWeather's radar at 12:16 this afternoon.
Snow began around 20:00 last night and has been accumulating since then.
A few reports via NWS Duluth and NWS Green Bay:
6.0" Brule 10S, Douglas Co. 6.0" Hayward 3W, Sawyer Co. 5.3" Washburn 4W, Bayfield Co. 5.0" Mason, Bayfield Co. 4.5" Manitowish Waters, Vilas Co. 4.5" Winchester 3NE, Vilas Co. 4.0" Grantsburg, Burnett Co. 4.0" Gile, Iron Co. 4.0" Glidden, Ashland Co. 3.0" Park Falls, Price Co.
The first one is looking southeast across the front deck.The second is the backyard out the dining room window, looking west.
Currently, at 13:00 I have had a maximum wind gust of 27 mph from the ENE. Temperatures have dropped slightly from 30 degrees at midnight to 25 degrees now. Windchill values have begun to fall as the temps drop and the winds increase... the lowest windchill value so far has been 16 degrees at 10:00.