The lakes area suddenly turned winter white this week with heavy, wet snowfalls.
Now area residents should brace for the cold.
The lakes area should anticipate below freezing temperatures starting Saturday and extending through next week, said meteorologist Carol Christensen with the National Weather Service in Duluth.
Snowfall on Monday, Dec. 2, accumulated to about five to seven inches throughout the lakes area. Snow was expected late Tuesday and again throughout the day and night Wednesday, with up to an additional eight inches possible in the lakes area.
No more snow was expected Thursday as temperatures were predicted to drop rapidly. Thursday and Friday, high temperatures are expected to be in the single digits with overnight temps below zero. Saturday temperatures might not reach zero. Below zero temperatures are expected next week as well, with nighttime temperatures more than 10 degrees below zero.
“People need to get the snow off their driveways and sidewalks as soon as possible. Once the cold comes in it’s going to turn into cement. It will be very hard to move,” Christensen said.