Snow predicted to fall overnight into Sunday, Dec. 5, in Brainerd lakes area cities

8-12 inches of snow possible in northern Cass County; 4-6 inches forecast for southern Cass County and Crow Wing County

Expected snowfall totals by Sunday evening, Dec. 5, 2021. Contributed / National Weather Service in Duluth

Northern Cass County is under a winter storm warning with 8-12 inches of snow possible late Saturday night, Dec. 4, through early Sunday evening, Dec. 5, according to the National Weather Service in Duluth.

Crow Wing County and southern Cass County are under a winter weather advisory with 4-6 inches of snow possible. The very northern part of Crow Wing County could see 6-8 inches, the National Weather Service map shows.

The weather service calls this the first significant snowstorm of the season with moderate to locally heavy snow moving in after midnight and continuing through the day Sunday. Travel conditions will be difficult all day Sunday with snow-covered roads.

Winter driving tips

  • Get the weather forecast: Change your travel plans if hazardous weather is expected.
  • Check road conditions: Call 511 or visit the Minnesota Department of Transportation's webpage to check road conditions. Choose a different route or adjust travel plans if road conditions are poor.
  • Pack an emergency supply kit: Stock your vehicle with a mobile phone, charger, batteries, blankets, flashlight, first aid kit, high-calorie and nonperishable food, candle to melt snow for drinking water, sack of sand or cat litter for traction, shovel, scraper and battery booster cables.
  • Ready your vehicle: Check your battery, wipers, coolant and other systems affected by cold temperature. Make sure your tires have good tread. Clear snow, ice or dirt from your windows, lights and camera.

Source: National Weather Service in Duluth.

Nancy Vogt is editor of the Pineandlakes Echo Journal, a weekly newspaper that covers eight communities in the Pequot Lakes-Pine River areas - from Nisswa to Hackensack and Pequot Lakes to Crosslake.

She started as editor of the Lake Country Echo in July 2006, and continued in that role when the Lake Country Echo and the Pine River Journal combined in September 2013 to become the Pineandlakes Echo Journal. She worked for the Brainerd Dispatch from 1992-2006 in various roles.

She covers Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Lake Shore and Crosslake city councils, as well as writes feature stories, news stories and personal columns (Vogt's Notes). She also takes photos at community events.

Contact her at or 218-855-5877 with story ideas or questions. Be sure to leave a voicemail message!
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