MINNEAPOLIS - Snow will be heavy at times during the morning hours when we'll see the bulk of our accumulating snowfall. Expect temperatures to hover around 30 to around freezing this afternoon.
The Snow will begin to taper during the early to mid afternoon hours with the accumulating snow done by late afternoon tapering to scattered flurries through the evening.
Overnight things get even more dicey as the arctic chill sets in. Temperatures will drop into the single digits by early Thursday with winds howling from the north/northwest 10-20 mph with wind chill values near -10. Temps will warm to only 10 Thursday afternoon with our first subzero low Thursday night. Friday morning wind chills will be around -20 with highs only around 5 Friday afternoon.
When all is said and done early Wednesday night most of us will have 3"-7" of fresh snow (5-7" north metro, 2-4" southeast).
The unrelenting storm has spread about 2 feet of snow in northeastern Minnesota and will continue for a third day Wednesday. The heavy snow has contributed to dozens of traffic accidents around Duluth, closed the University of Minnesota Duluth and most other schools in the area and even shut down the Bentleyville holiday lights display.
A National Weather Service observer reported 26 inches of snow north of Two Harbors late Tuesday night. Duluth was buried under at least 16 inches. Forecasters say much of the region will see another 8 to 12 inches Wednesday. By the time the winter storm warning ends Thursday morning, snowfall totals could approach 3 feet in some areas.
Temperatures are expected to drop fast Thursday with daytime highs barely making it to zero.
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