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Winter storm watch issued for parts of the Northland

A winter storm watch is in effect from late Wednesday night through Thursday evening for Northwestern Wisconsin and Pine County in Minnesota, for the potential for more than a half-foot of snow.

The Northland is on the northern edge of a powerful early spring storm system affecting much of the Upper Midwest, which already is bringing heavy snow and freezing rain to southern Minnesota. Precipitation from the slow-moving storm is forecast to reach the Northland late Wednesday and Thursday, with the best chance for accumulating snow in areas south of the Twin Ports.

The National Weather Service reports that the heaviest snow is expected from daybreak to early afternoon on Thursday. Total accumulations may reach 6 to 8 inches in the watch area, with locally higher amounts possible. Winds will be out of the northeast at 15 to 25 mph, with gusts in excess of 35 mph near Lake Superior.

There remains uncertainty in the exact path of the storm, which may affect where and when the heaviest snow falls. Some accumulating snow is possible north of the watch area, including Duluth.

To the south, winter storm warnings are in effect for much of central and southern Minnesota, including the Twin Cities, through Thursday evening. Snowfall may exceed a foot in those areas.

Another storm system may bring a wintry mix of precipitation to the Northland over the weekend. Check back to duluthnewstribune.com for forecast updates.