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Snow misses lakes area, but drops a load farther north and west

Winter's first brush, which painted a winter storm warning on the weather map for the state's Arrowhead, passed the lakes area by—this time.

Sunday's storm was expected to drop 2-6 inches of snow on the North Shore. Wind gusts of 30-40 mph near Lake Superior were anticipated to create blowing snow and reduced visibility for travelers. Snowfall of 6-8 inches was possible in eastern Cook County.

Snow is in the forecast for the lakes area Monday, Nov. 6, Tuesday and Wednesday. Blustery weather with rain and then a rain/snow mix is likely late Monday night into Tuesday morning. Snow accumulation shouldn't amount to much with the National Weather Service in Duluth expecting less than a half-inch of accumulation. There is a 50/50 chance of rain and snow before 5 p.m. on Election Day and then a chance of snow thereafter. Expect wind gusts as high as 20 mph Tuesday and up to 30 mph overnight. A 50 percent chance of snow continues Tuesday night along with blustery conditions and an overnight low of 26 degrees.

By Wednesday, the chances of snow are diminishing to about 20 percent before noon. But blustery conditions and cool temperatures are expected to continue. Wednesday night's low may drop to 18 degrees and Thursday's high may stop shy of hitting 30 degrees.

At week's end and into the weekend, highs are expected to be in the upper 20s with lows in the teens. The extended bump of mild air recently provided additional opportunities to finish yard work, hang holiday lights, cleanout garages and generally prepare for the impending winter.