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Northland residents warned of poor road conditions, downed trees and possible power outages

The strong winter storm that hit the North Shore area and Cook County today continues tonight.
According to the National Weather Service, gusts of 70 miles per hour have been recorded in Grand Marais. The blizzard conditions are expected to continue until at least midnight tonight.

Additional snow accumulations will vary greatly in our region, from less than an inch in western areas to 2 to 6 inches or more in the Arrowhead. The snow will be followed by extreme cold, from -25 to -30 on Christmas Eve.

There are reports of numerous vehicles in the ditch along Highway 61. There are also numerous trees down on roads throughout the county, including Highway 61. At 7 p.m. there was a report of a downed powerline near the Onion River Road in Tofte. Arrowhead Electric line crews were responding, but they too, are hampered by road conditions. It does not appear to be blocking the roadway.

There have also been reports of trees on powerlines, so county residents should be prepared for possible power outages. Have flashlights or candles available and store some water in containers.

Travel should be restricted to emergencies only. If you must travel, have a winter survival kit with you. If you get stranded, stay with your vehicle.