Snow, Wind Hammer N. Plains, Northeast Blizzard Exiting
UPDATED 9 AM EST, February 18, 2013
UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Chad Merrill
Winter is not showing any signs of letting up across the northern tier on this Presidents' Day. Snow and wind are swooping across the Northern Plains into the Minnesota Arrowhead. Not to be outdone, blizzard conditions continue in northern New England even though the snow has ended.
Snow falling along and north of Interstate 94 in North Dakota and Minnesota has added up a bit. Park River, N.D., has accumulated 5.5 inches, Grand Forks, N.D., has seen 3.4 inches while International Falls, Minn., has 3.3 inches of new snow.
Another 1 to 3 inches will brush northern Minnesota today while snow tapers off in North Dakota. The problem is that the North winds will continue to gust to 45 mph, creating near zero visibility on roadways. Meanwhile, a combination of the cold front slamming into the Great Lakes and colder air blowing across the warm Great Lakes in its wake will generate heavier snow in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Here a foot could fall by Wednesday morning.
Blizzard Warnings continue north of Interstate 94 and along and west of Interstate 29 in North Dakota, including Grand Forks and Harvey while Winter Weather Advisories and Winter Storm Warnings continue from North Dakota into Michigan. International Falls, Minn., Minneapolis's western suburbs and Marquette, Mich., are all included.
High pressure will bring dry and calmer weather to the Northern Plains and Minnesota Arrowhead by Tuesday.
Meanwhile, blizzard conditions will continue in eastern Maine as a powerful storm intensifies in the Bay of Fundy. Wind gusts of 50 to 60 mph have already been clocked this morning and these gusts will continue to lower visibility on roadways. A Blizzard Warning is in place across northeastern Maine, while Wind Advisories are in effect across the entire state of Maine.
The Millinocket Municipal Airport in Maine recently clocked a wind gust to 53 mph with widespread gusts exceeding 40 mph in northern Maine. The winds will substantially lower this afternoon as the low accelerates into the North Atlantic.
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