Major winter storm to impact the Northland Christmas Day and Monday, prompting a Winter Storm Watch effective from Christmas Morning to Monday morning.

A MAJOR WINTER STORM WILL START TO IMPACT THE NORTHLAND AS EARLY
AS SATURDAY NIGHT WITH FREEZING DRIZZLE AND PERHAPS SOME LIGHT
SNOW. PRECIPITATION WILL THEN INCREASE BOTH IN COVERAGE AND
INTENSITY ON CHRISTMAS DAY AND CHRISTMAS NIGHT FROM SOUTH TO
NORTH. A MIX OF FREEZING RAIN...SLEET...AND SNOW WILL ALL BE
POSSIBLE WITH THE BEST CHANCE FOR FREEZING RAIN AND SLEET
OCCURRING ALONG AND SOUTH OF THE HIGHWAY 2 CORRIDOR IN MINNESOTA.
SIGNIFICANT SNOW ACCUMULATION OF SIX INCHES OR GREATER WILL BE
MOST LIKELY NORTH OF HIGHWAY 2 INCLUDING THE IRON
RANGE...ARROWHEAD...AND FAR NORTHERN MINNESOTA. ICING FROM
FREEZING RAIN MAY POSE A SIGNIFICANT THREAT WITH THIS STORM. AT
THIS TIME...IT APPEARS THAT THE AREA MOST AT RISK FOR POTENTIALLY
SIGNIFICANT ICING WILL BE ALONG AND SOUTH OF HIGHWAY 2 IN
MINNESOTA. PRECIPITATION WILL TRANSITION TO ALL SNOW LATER
CHRISTMAS NIGHT AND DIMINISH FROM WEST TO EAST ON MONDAY. STRONG
WEST TO NORTHWEST WINDS LATE SUNDAY NIGHT INTO MONDAY MAY CAUSE
SOME BLOWING AND DRIFTING.

IT SHOULD BE STRONGLY EMPHASIZED THAT THIS STORM IS STILL 3 DAYS
AWAY AND THAT CHANGES IN THE FORECASTED PATH AND INTENSITY OF THE
STORM COULD STILL OCCUR. THIS IS OF SIGNIFICANT IMPORTANCE
CONCERNING THE PRECIPITATION TRANSITION REGION OF FREEZING RAIN
AND SLEET. ONLY A SLIGHT WESTWARD SHIFT IN THE STORM TRACK COULD
PLACE AREAS FARTHER NORTH AND WEST AT RISK FOR SIGNIFICANT
ICING...AND AN EASTWARD SHIFT IN THE STORM PATH WOULD SUBSEQUENTLY
SHIFT THE RESPECTIVE BANDS OF FREEZING RAIN... SLEET AND SNOW TO
THE SOUTH AND EAST. ANYONE WITH TRAVEL PLANS ACROSS THE REGION
OVER THE LONG HOLIDAY WEEKEND IS URGED TO STAY CURRENT WITH THE
LATEST WEATHER INFORMATION REGARDING THIS DEVELOPING WINTER STORM.
NOW IS THE TIME TO PREPARE FOR POTENTIAL POWER OUTAGES.