Sloppy weekend ahead as winter returns

10:38 AM, Jan 11, 2013   |    comments
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GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - It's all about the fog and drizzle Friday for the metro and southern Minnesota, but a thick coating of ice is throwing a wrench in the daily routine of folks in the northern part of the state.

The National Weather Service issued an ice storm warning for parts of the Northland, including Cass, Beltrami and Koochiching counties. The slick travel conditions have caused some school districts to cancel or delay classes Friday.

The Duluth News Tribune says Duluth, Ely, Hibbing and Chisholm schools are among those closed.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) is advising not to travel on Highways 113 and 108 near Waubun and Pelican Rapids because of icy conditions.

Freezing rain is expected to end later Friday with snow developing. Forecasters expect 3 to 7 inches of snow for northern St. Louis, northern Itasca and Koochiching counties.

The operative word as the weekend stretches out is "change."  

With temperatures never dropping below the freezing level Friday morning roads will remain wet, but not frozen for the Twin Cities.

The big change back to winter comes Friday night with strong, gusty winds switching from the south to the west. Once the winds switch, the mild stretch is all over as they usher in much colder air. After Friday's high near 40 degrees, temperatures slowly but steadily tumble into the single digits by Sunday morning.

As colder air makes its way in light snow is expected across Minnesota's northern counties, although North Dakota gets the accumulation this round. There is a chance for flurries here in the metro but don't count on seeing many, if any, flakes.

Looking ahead, the upcoming weekend and work week looks cold and quiet.

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