Area schools - including the Pequot Lakes and Pine River-Backus school districts - declared two-hour late starts for Monday morning, Dec. 9, after the lakes area was put under a winter storm warning until noon Monday with 6-10 inches of snow expected overnight Sunday into Monday and ice accumulations of a light glaze.

The National Weather Service in Duluth said widespread snow, heavy at times, was expected Sunday night through Monday. Snow will affect the Monday morning commute with the heaviest rates falling between midnight and 6 a.m. Monday, the weather service said.

Roads will become snow-covered and slippery. Visibility will be reduced. Heavy snow and strong winds may lead to isolated power outages, according to the weather service.

The weather service said there was high certainty for at least 6 inches of snow to fall in much of the region.

Crow Wing County reported on Facebook that highway department snowplows would begin plowing operations at 4 a.m. Monday. Continued falling snow, strong winds and rapidly falling temperatures may leave roads slippery and travel difficult, the county reported, asking people to use caution and give the plows room to work.

The snowstorm will be followed by cold temperatures. Following is the National Weather Service in Duluth forecast for the week:

  • Monday: Snow, mainly before 9 a.m. Patchy blowing snow between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. Temperature rising to near 10 by noon, then falling to around 2 during the remainder of the day. Blustery, with a north wind 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.
  • Monday night: Increasing clouds, with a low around 15 below zero and wind chill values between 15 below and 25 below zero. West wind around 5 mph.
  • Tuesday: Mostly sunny and cold, with a high near 1 below zero and wind chill values between 20 below and 30 below zero. Northwest wind around 5 mph.
  • Tuesday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 20 below zero. West wind around 5 mph.
  • Wednesday: Sunny and cold, with a high near 2 below zero.
  • Wednesday night: A slight chance of snow showers after midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 12 below zero.
  • Thursday: A slight chance of snow showers before noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 16.
  • Thursday night: A slight chance of snow showers after midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 7.
  • Friday: A slight chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 25.
  • Friday night: A chance of snow showers. Cloudy, with a low around 10.