The storm that had made headlines the past several days has arrived, along with the strong winds that had been promised.

Earlier Tuesday, the National Weather Service in Duluth pointed out that this storm would bring various conditions to Minnesota and Wisconsin. Blizzard conditions with powerful winds, freezing rain, and even thunderstorms were all possible, depending on where you are.

For the Twin Ports area, the Winter Storm Warning that had been issued was updated on Tuesday night, warning of winds gusting as high as 60 mph and power outages due to ice accumulations.

  • WHAT: Heavy mixed precipitation. Additional snow accumulations of up to two inches and ice accumulations of two-tenths to three-tenths of an inch. Winds gusting as high as 60 mph.
  • WHERE: Carlton and South St. Louis County. This includes the Tribal Lands of the Fond du Lac Band.
  • WHEN: Until 7 PM CDT Wednesday.
  • IMPACTS: Power outages and tree damage are likely due to the ice. Travel could be nearly impossible. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening commute. Strong winds could cause tree damage.
  • ADDITIONAL DETAILS: Expect a lot of sleet to mix in with snow. Sleet will act to lower the total snow accumulations, but is equally as dangerous. Thunderstorms are possible through Wednesday morning.
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The National Weather Service also pointed out how strong those winds would be across the Northland, leading to very high waves on Lake Superior.

NWS Duluth
NWS Duluth

It can be very tempting to go down to check out huge waves when they develop on Lake Superior. However, while this storm is raging, that could be a dangerous idea.

A much safer way to do it is by watching a couple of available live video streams. The first is the Duluth Harbor Cam channel on YouTube, which provides live video of Lake Superior in Canal Park.

Another great option to watch the storm's impact on Lake Superior in real-time is through the Aerial Lift Bridge Cam, which is also available on YouTube.

It's much better to watch this storm from the comfort of your own home, with a warm beverage in your hand.

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