The best time of year is here. Spring forward Tonight! Sunset Tomorrow Evening is after 7 PM, and it only gets better the next few months.
The next few days will be fantastic and probably for about the next week or so, but after mid March we may see a pattern change develop with cold air/troughs digging into the Western U.S. while ridging/warmth develops from the Southern-Eastern sections of the U.S. This type of pattern can help spin up storms across the Plains and Great Lakes so that will be something to monitor as we move toward the end of March. For now enjoy the great weather, we deserve it after all the crap we had to deal with during the winter.
The map below is the analog temperature probability forecast valid for March 19, 2014 per Climate Prediction Center.
Blues=Colder than average temperatures
Orange/Reds=Warmer than average temperatures
Today's Weather Summary for NE Minnesota and NW Wisconsin
Clouds and even some snow flurries stuck around a lot longer than what I was expecting last night/early This Morning and as a result temperatures for most locations in the Northland were warmer than expected This Morning but in the end I don't think anybody is complaining.
It sure felt nice Today even though temperatures were still slightly below average for the 8th of March, but even near seasonal temperatures combined with ample amounts of sunshine at this time of year sure feels good. Highs were in the mid 20s to around 30 degrees with west or southwest winds at 5 to 15 mph.
Look what's coming our way! Temperatures This Afternoon are in the 40s and even the 50s over the Western half of North Dakota and South Dakota. This airmass heads east Tomorrow and Monday. 50s might be a stretch around here because of the deep snow cover, but 40s should occur, and maybe even an isolated 50! Source, WSI/Intellicast.com
Forecast Discussion for NE Minnesota and NW Wisconsin
Short Term Forecast - Confidence: High.
Tonight (March 8)
Mostly clear skies This Evening will give way to partly to mostly cloudy skies later Tonight as a warm front edges east toward the Northland. There could be some flurries or snow showers with that warm front mainly along the Minnesota-Ontario border. Lows will be in the single digits below to teens above zero with southwest winds at 5 to 15 mph.
Sunday and Sunday Night (March 9)
An area of low pressure will pass north of our area this period with a warm front moving east while a cold front settles south into far Northern Minnesota by Sunday Night. A few flurries or mixed showers are possible at times in far Northern Minnesota but overall this period looks generally dry throughout the Northland.
High temperatures on Sunday should reach the 30s and 40s with lows holding in the 20s to lower 30s. Winds will be out of the west, northwest, or southwest at 10 to 25 mph.
Extended Forecast - Confidence: High.
Monday through Wednesday (March 10-12)
A couple more areas of low pressure will pass north of our area on Monday while a cold front drops south and through the Northland from Monday into Tuesday. Monday still looks mild with highs in the 30s and 40s once again. We cool off a bit Tuesday but more so on Wednesday. Highs on Tuesday will be in the 30s with 20s in far Northern Minnesota. Highs Wednesday will mainly be in the 20s. Lows Monday Night are forecast to be in the 20s and lower 30s. Lows Tuesday Night will be in the teens and 20s.
There might be some flurries or snow showers around especially Tuesday and Wednesday, but overall this period looks kinda tranquil around here.
Long Range Forecast - Confidence: High.
Low pressure is forecast to pass north/east of the Northland from the 13th-14th so most of the snow that accompanies that system should remain in Canada with just a few flakes possible further south. There could be another system toward the 17th-18th that may bring rain or snow to the Upper Midwest. Near to above average temperatures are forecast during this period.
How much water is in that snow? Here's a map that has the answer.
7-10" of water in the snow pack across the Northland. Hopefully we won't get any significant rain or another big snow storm through the rest of March, but I kinda have my doubts on that actually happening. Source, Paul Douglas/St. Cloud Times.
5 DAY FORECAST FOR DULUTH AND SUPERIOR
.Tonight... Clear This Evening. Partly to mostly cloudy Overnight. Low 12 to 17. Wind west to southwest at 10 to 15 mph.
.Sunday... Milder. Partly sunny. High 39 to 44. Wind southwest at 10 to 20 mph.
.Sunday Night... Partly cloudy. Low 29 to 34. Wind southwest at 10 to 15 mph.
.Monday... Mild. Partly sunny. High 41 to 46.
.Monday Night... Partly to mostly cloudy. Low 25 to 30.
.Tuesday... Partly to mostly cloudy. High 31 to 36.
.Tuesday Night... Partly to mostly cloudy. Low 15 to 20.
.Wednesday... Considerable cloudiness. High 25 to 30.
Normal temperatures for Tomorrow
Sunrise Sunday: 7:33 AM CDT
Sunset Sunday: 7:06 PM CDT