29. Not too much time to post tonight, but with a major winter storm on my doorstep this is worth posting about.
The NWS offices in Duluth & Minneapolis have begun issuing Winter Storm Warnings for northern Minnesota and far northern Wisconsin.
This graphic (to the right) shows the weather story from NWS Duluth, with expected snowfall totals by Wednesday evening.
It looks like the south shore will reach the 10" mark with lower amounts farther south. Freezing rain and sleet will be the first precipitation before turning over to all snow.
In addition, strong winds will blow across Lake Superior from the north. The forecast calls for wind gusts up into the 30s for the lower terrain and higher gusts at higher elevations. Besides creating horizontal snowfall and whiteout conditions, the winds will also push the ice floes on the big Lake up against the south shore's shoreline.
When storms like this occur in past years, this is when ice shoves threaten to close US2 in Superior and Ashland.
Regardless, all highways will quickly become snow-covered throughout the day on Tuesday. The latest road conditions from the State Patrol are constantly updated on the Wisconsin DOT's website (here). Road conditions as well as any accidents and closures are also posted.