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Snowfall accumulation misses mark in Brainerd lakes area

The Brainerd lakes area escaped the brunt of a snow system predicted days ago to add more snowfall accumulation Sunday, but the area may not remain so lucky.

William Leatham, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Duluth, said Friday's forecast for Sunday called for 4 to 6 inches of snowfall in the Brainerd lakes area, but was revised to 1 to 2 inches of accumulation Sunday morning.

"If the storm shifted a little farther south or north, you could either get a lot of snowfall or a little bit of snowfall, and what happened as the forecast progressed, the system tracked a little bit farther north, which kept the Brainerd area in the lower snowfall amounts," Leatham said.

"However like farther to the north, we've got reports of 13 inches of snow along the North Shore of Lake Superior, so if you just go a little bit farther north, that's where they got those much higher totals, and that's just because the system just shifted a little bit north."

Another round of accumulating snow is expected Monday, Feb. 19, through Tuesday across much of the Northland. About 3 to 6 inches is anticipated across the region, with 6 or more inches of snowfall possible along the south shore of Lake Superior.

"If you are a big fan of snow in the Brainerd area, if you were looking for more snowfall today, we got less snowfall than what we forecasted from a few days ago," Leatham said Sunday.

Snow will begin across northwest Wisconsin the morning of Monday, Feb. 19, and by the afternoon into the evening across northeast Minnesota. The heaviest snowfall is expected in the evening through Tuesday morning.

Snow will gradually taper off Tuesday afternoon and evening from southwest to northeast. The main impacts with this snow will be reduced visibilities and slick road conditions.

"As of this (Sunday) morning, you're up to 21.9 inches of snow, so we're just below normal snowfall now, but that might change depending upon the amount of snow you get Monday and Tuesday," Leatham said of the monthly accumulation of December, January and February.