National Weather Service

First winter storm brings cautions, winter parking reminder

The National Weather Service continues to provide updates on the winter storm on track to impact the Northland from late tonight through early Monday. A Blizzard Warning on the North Shore near Grand Marais is now in effect. This first significant snow event is expected to bring over a foot of snow across much of the area with the highest totals along the North Shore.

The snow should be moderate to heavy after midnight tonight, December 5, with increasing amounts at approximately 5:00 a.m.. Sunday. The National Weather Service anticipates 10 – 16 inches of snow. Blowing snow will also be possible late Sunday through Monday as Arctic air surges south over our region.

For residents of Grand Marais, the city’s winter parking ordinance is in effect. All vehicles must park on one side of the street to allow snow plows to clear the roadway.

To keep track of where to park, just look at the calendar — on even days (Dec. 4, Dec. 6, Dec. 8) vehicles must be parked on the side of the street with even house numbers. On odd days (Dec. 5, Dec. 7, Dec. 9) vehicles must all park on the side of the street with odd house numbers.

On-street parking is also prohibited downtown between Lake Superior and Highway 61 on Broadway Ave, 1st Ave. W, 2nd Ave. W, Wisconsin Street and First Street between 2:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. If vehicles are found to be in violation, owners could be cited and could be towed.

Travel should be restricted to emergencies only. The National Weather Service advises that if you must travel, have a winter survival kit with you (an extra flashlight, food, and water). If you get stranded, stay with your vehicle and wait for help.

Be safe everyone!