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Worst of winter storm may miss Cook County

Snowfall predictions for Thanksgiving weekend. Image courtesy of National Weather Service
Snowfall predictions for Thanksgiving weekend. Image courtesy of National Weather Service

According to the National Weather Service in Duluth, the forecast remains on track for a powerful winter storm to greatly impact holiday travel this weekend with very heavy snow accumulations likely.
 
For the North Shore, winds up to 40 mph are possible which will likely result in Blizzard conditions Saturday afternoon and night. Visibility of a quarter mile or less will be possible during this time along the Lake Superior North Shore, however, it appears much of the storm will stall short of the Cook County border.
 
The afternoon briefing on Friday, November 29, shows Cook County under a Winter Storm Watch, not yet a Winter Storm Warning, from Saturday morning to Sunday afternoon.
 
But south of the Arrowhead region, confidence remains high in heavy snow accumulations, strong east to northeast winds, and the possibility for lakeshore flooding in Duluth and Superior.
 
That entire area is now covered by either a Blizzard or Winter Storm Warning. The anticipated start time is early Saturday morning, with possibly a period of wintery mix. The Weather Service says the worst weather conditions will be on Saturday afternoon and Saturday night.
 
According to the National Weather Service, this storm has the potential to become a top-10 highest two-day snowfall total in recorded history for Duluth, with top-15 totals for Ashland and Brainerd.