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1/31/11: Monday's Weather Report

Issued at 3:48 PM CST, Monday, January 31st, 2011

A narrow band of heavy lake effect snow affected parts of the Twin Ports early This Morning.  Snowfall totals as is usually the case with lake effect events varied widely within very short distances, in this instance around 3.0" was reported in West Duluth, while 6-8 miles off to the east...snowfall totals of 7-9+" were reported.  A similar freak lake effect snow event occurred on December 4th, 2007, but that one targeted the West End and West Duluth areas more than other parts of Duluth, 12-18" of snow was reported with that lake effect snow storm.

Here are some snowfall reports from Monday, January 31st, 2011:  Source:  NWS Duluth, Minnesota.

Duluth, MN (St. Louis county)  7.0" measured at Sky Harbor Airport at 9:30 AM CST.
Park Point (St. Louis county)  7.5" measured at 17th street and Minnesota Ave. at 9:15 AM CST.
Park Point (St. Louis county)  9.0" measured at the intersection of 36th Ave and Minnesot…

1/31/11: LAKE EFFECT SNOW WARNING

Issued at 10:49 AM CST, Monday, January 31st, 2011

A localized band of heavy lake effect snow has been hitting parts of Duluth/Superior since early This Morning.

*LAKE EFFECT SNOW WARNING*

The National Weather Service in Duluth, Minnesota has issued a lake effect snow warning until 9 PM CST This Evening for the following counties.  In Minnesota:  Southern St. Louis and Carlton.  In Wisconsin:  Douglas.  Some cities included in the warning are:  Duluth MN...Cloquet MN...Carlton MN...Wrenshall MN...Superior WI...Oliver WI...and South Range WI...

Impacts:  Bands of moderate to heavy lake effect snow with up to one inch an hour snowfall rates will continue through early This Evening near the immediate lakeshore, from Park Point and Sky Harbor, through portions of the city of Superior, these heavier snow showers could also extend farther west-southwest, affecting Downtown Duluth, West End, West Duluth, and Proctor.  Roads will be snow covered and slippery, some blowing snow is also possible.

1/29/11: Saturday's Weather Report

Issued at 5:07 PM CST, Saturday, January 29th, 2011

Heavy snow fell north-northeast of Duluth, and also near Lake Superior Friday Night...Here is the snowfall report from Friday, January 28th, 2011.  Source:  NWS Duluth, Minnesota.

Little Marais, MN (Lake county)  11.5"
Silver Bay, MN (Lake county)  10.5"
3 miles northeast of Tofte, MN (Cook county)  9.2"
Gile, WI (Iron county)  8.2"
5 miles northwest of Two Harbors, MN (Lake county)  8.0"
Ely, MN (St. Louis county)  7.5"
Lutsen, MN (Cook county)  7.5"
Montreal, WI (Iron county)  6.0"
Cornucopia, WI (Bayfield county)  6.0"
Beaver Bay, MN (Cook county)  6.0"
Littlefork, MN (Koochiching county)  5.2"
5 miles south of Herbster, WI (Bayfield county)  5.0"
Embarrass, MN (St. Louis county)  5.0"
17 miles northwest of Saginaw, MN (St. Louis county)  5.0"
Cotton, MN (St. Louis county)  4.8"
Ashland, WI (Ashland county)  3.9"
Butternut, WI (Ashland county)  2.5"…

1/28/11: Friday's Weather Report

Issued at 3:40 PM CST, Friday, January 28th, 2011

*Winter Storm Warning* remains in effect for Lake and Cook counties Minnesota until 4 PM CST Saturday.

*Winter Weather Advisory* remains in effect for Southern St. Louis and Carlton counties Minnesota and for Douglas, Bayfield, Ashland, and Iron counties Wisconsin until 6 AM CST Saturday.

*Winter Weather Advisory* remains in effect for Midnight CST Tonight for Koochiching, Itasca, Northern Cass, Central and Northern St. Louis counties Minnesota and for Washburn, Sawyer, and Price counties Wisconsin.

Forecast Discussion for Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin

Today's Weather:

Low pressure of 1002mb has moved into Northwestern Minnesota as of 3 PM.  A strong temperature gradient existed Today across the region with 50s in Western South Dakota and 30s in the Eastern Dakotas while single digits were common just north of Minnesota.  60 degree temperatures were as far north as Southern Nebraska This Afternoon with the 70 degree line t…

1/28/11: WINTER STORM WARNING/ADVISORY INFORMATION

Issued at 12:34 PM CST, Friday, January 28th, 2011

*WINTER STORM WARNING*

The National Weather Service in Duluth, Minnesota has issued a winter storm warning until 4 PM CST Saturday for the following counties in Northeast Minnesota.  Lake and Cook.  Some cities included in the warning are:  Knife River MN...Two Harbors MN...Silver Bay MN...Finland MN...Little Marais MN...Isabella MN...Forest Center MN...Tofte MN...Lutsen MN...Grand Marais MN...Hovland MN...and Grand Portage MN.

Impacts:  Snow will continue to increase in coverage and intensity This Afternoon in Northeast Minnesota with occasional snow continuing Tonight and Saturday.  Snowfall rates approaching one inch an hour are possible This Afternoon and This Evening with visibility dropping to around a half mile at times.  Roads will become snow covered and travel will be hazardous through Saturday.  Total snowfall accumulations of 6-12" are expected along the North Shore of Lake Superior with snowfall storm totals of 4-6&quo…

1/27/11: Thursday's Weather Report

Issued at 8:18 PM CST, Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Forecast Discussion for Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin

Today's Weather:

Lots of low clouds along with areas of fog, light freezing drizzle, and flurries around our area Today with the fog and freezing drizzle dissipating during the Afternoon.  Above normal temperatures were found in our area Today with highs in the 20s along with light winds out of the west or north under 15 mph.  Surface map at 7 PM CST featured a stationary front over Central Minnesota with high pressure of 1018mb centered over Northern Ontario Province.

Today's Upper Level Analysis:

Northwest 500mb flow continues per RUC model analysis with a tight thermal gradient in place with 850mb temperatures at 7 PM CST ranging from +8 degrees C at Rapid City, South Dakota to -12 degrees C at International Falls, Minnesota.  A rather healthy clipper system heading southeast from Northwestern Canada will take advantage of this temperature contrast during the…

1/27/11: WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY INFORMATION

Issued at 4:32 PM CST, Thursday, January 27th, 2011

*WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY*

The National Weather Service in Duluth, Minnesota has issued a winter weather advisory from 9 AM CST Friday until 12 AM CST Friday for the following counties in Northern Minnesota.  Koochiching...Itasca...Central and Northern St. Louis.  Some cities included in the advisory are:  International Falls MN...Bigfork MN...Togo MN...Grand Rapids MN...Cotton MN...Hibbing MN...Ely MN...Orr MN...and Crane Lake MN.

Impacts:  Snow will move into Northern Minnesota between 5-8 AM Friday with snow continuing through Friday Evening before tapering off to flurries late Friday Night.  Total snowfall accumulations of 2-4" with localized higher amounts of 5" are expected in the advisory area.  Roads will become snow covered and slippery with limited visibility in falling snow.

A winter weather advisory for snow means that accumulating snow will cause travel difficulties.  Be prepared for snow covered roads and reduced…

1/26/11: Wednesday's Weather Report

Issued at 8:07 PM CST, Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

Weather History:

On this date in 2004:  0.78" of precipitation with 18.2" of snow fell at Duluth, Minnesota.

Forecast Discussion for Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin

Today's Weather:

A mix bag of conditions around our area with some sunshine, clouds, along with late Afternoon snow showers which have been moving S/SE through Northern-Eastern Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin early This Evening.  Some of these snow showers have been quite vigorous with cloud tops approaching 15,000 feet along with intensities of 30-35 dbz per doppler radar.  These snow showers are fast moving though which are limiting snowfall accumulations to about a dusting, up to 1/2".  High temperatures Today were in the upper teens and 20s, similar to the past three days.  Winds Today were out of the south or west under 20 mph.  Surface map as of 7 PM featured a cold front from Central Lake Superior to Northern Lower Michigan.  Low pres…

1/25/11: Tuesday's Weather Report

Issued at 8:10 PM CST, Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Forecast Discussion for Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin

Today's Weather:

Partly sunny-mostly cloudy skies with scattered flurries and high temperatures in the middle teens to middle 20s were common throughout our area with winds out of the west or southwest up to 20 mph.  Surface map as of 7 PM CST featured a cold front nearing the Minnesota/Ontario border with low pressure of 1010mb centered in Northeastern Ontario.

Today's Upper Level Analysis:

Northwesterly 500mb flow continues to be the story across the Upper Midwest while another potent storm affects the Southern/Eastern U.S. per water vapor satellite imagery.

Tonight:

Cold front will sag south during the night with scattered flurries possible along with partly to mostly cloudy skies.  Lows will be in the single digits and teens with a few subzero lows possible mainly in Northern Minnesota.  Winds will shift from the west-southwest to the north-northwest, wind spe…

1/24/11: Monday's Weather Report

Issued at 4:02 PM CST, Monday, January 24th, 2011

Snowfall report for Sunday Night and Monday, January 23rd-24th, 2011.  Source:  NWS Duluth, Minnesota.

Kabetogama, MN (St. Louis county)  4.8"
8 miles east-southeast of Gunflint Trail Lake, MN (Cook county)  4.0"
11 miles northeast of Grand Marais, MN (Cook county)  3.5"
Littlefork, MN (Koochiching county)  2.9"
14 miles west of Isabella, MN (Lake county)  2.5"
International Falls, MN (Koochiching county)  2.3"
Silver Bay, MN (Lake county)  1.9"
3 miles east of Orr, MN (St. Louis county)  1.9"
Beaver Bay, MN (Lake county)  1.0"
Grand Portage, MN (Cook county)  1.0"
Embarrass, MN (St. Louis county)  1.0"

5 miles northwest of Duluth, MN (St. Louis county)  0.3" measured at the National Weather Service.

Lake effect snowfall report for Saturday, January 22nd, 2011.  Source:  National Weather Service Duluth, Minnesota.

Mellen, WI (Ashland county)  7.5"
Gile, WI (Iron county)  4.…

1/22/11: Saturday's Weather Report

Issued at 5:21 PM CST, Saturday, January 22nd, 2011

Low temperature report for Saturday, January 22nd, 2011.  Source:  NWS Duluth, Minnesota.

International Falls, MN:  -26 degrees
Crane Lake, MN:  -31 degrees
Bigfork, MN:  -24 degrees
Longville, MN:  -24 degrees
Pine River, MN:  -22 degrees
Littlefork, MN:  -30 degrees
Northome, MN:  -28 degrees
Cook, MN:  -28 degrees
Kabetogama, MN:  -34 degrees
2 miles south of Tower, MN:  -37 degrees

Weather Tidbits:

Precipitation/snowfall total at Duluth, Minnesota on Friday, January 21st, 2011

*0.02"/0.7"  Very high snow ratios in the Twin Ports on Friday, right around 40:1 to 50:1

*0.01" of precipitation with 1.1" of snow was reported at the Twin Cities on Friday, January 21st, 2011.  The snow ratio down in the cities was closer to 100:1 Incredible!

*Duluth, Minnesota snowfall total for January 2011 (thru the 22nd)  12.1" which is 2.3" Below Normal.

*High temperature of -5 degrees at Duluth, Minnesota on Friday, Janua…

1/21/11: Friday's Weather Report

Issued at 4:31 PM CST, Friday, January 21st, 2011

Widespread bitterly cold temperatures Thursday Night/Friday Morning.  Source:  NWS Duluth, MN.

International Falls, MN:  -46 degrees
Babbitt, MN:  -46 degrees
Embarrass, MN:  -45 degrees
Bigfork, MN:  -43 degrees
Littlefork, MN:  -40 degrees
Minong, WI:  -39 degrees
Cass Lake, MN:  -38 degrees
Kabetogama, MN:  -38 degrees
Crane Lake, MN:  -38 degrees
Hill City, MN:  -37 degrees
Ely, MN:  -37 degrees
Pine River, MN:  -36 degrees
Hayward, WI:  -34 degrees
Moose Lake, MN:  -34 degrees
Grand Rapids, MN:  -33 degrees
Aitkin, MN:  -33 degrees
Brainerd, MN:  -33 degrees
South Range, WI:  -33 degrees
Silver Bay, MN:  -31 degrees
Two Harbors, MN:  -31 degrees
Hinckley, MN:  -31 degrees
Isabella, MN:  -29 degrees
Phillips, WI:  -26 degrees
Washburn, WI:  -25 degrees
Pine City, MN:  -25 degrees
Maple, WI:  -22 degrees

Duluth, MN:  -25 degrees
Superior, WI:  -26 degrees

Tidbits from last night's cold weather.  Source:  NWS Duluth, Minnesota and …

1/20/11: Thursday's Weather Report

Issued at 3:15 PM CST, Thursday, January 20th, 2011

*EXTREME COLD WARNING*

The National Weather Service in Duluth, Minnesota has issued an extreme cold warning until 10 AM CST Friday for the following counties in Northern Minnesota:  Koochiching...Itasca...Central and Northern St. Louis.  Some cities included in the warning are:  International Falls MN...Northome MN...Bigfork MN...Grand Rapids MN...Cotton MN...Hibbing MN...Ely MN...and Crane Lake MN...

Impacts:  Low temperatures around 40 below with nearly calm winds developing late Tonight.  Frostbite times are 10 to 20 minutes in these conditions.  The elderly and young children are especially susceptible to the cold.  Frostbite can lead to hypothermia if precautions are not taken.  Pets and livestock are also affected by cold temperatures.

An extreme cold warning means dangerous and potentially life threatning extreme cold temperatures are expected for a prolonged period of time.  Frostbite and hypothermia are likely in as short as 1…

1/19/11: Wednesday's Weather Report

Issued at 4:06 PM CST, Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

Weather headlines:

*Major surge of arctic air Thursday-Friday.
*Setup thru early February features several clippers and occasional outbreaks of arctic air for the Upper Midwest.

*WIND CHILL ADVISORY*

The National Weather Service in Duluth, Minnesota has issued a wind chill advisory which is in effect from 6 AM CST Thursday until 12 PM CST Thursday.  Counties in Minnesota included in the advisory are:  Koochiching...Itasca...Cass...Crow Wing...Northern Aitkin...Central and Northern St. Louis.  Some cities included in the advisory are:  International Falls MN...Northome MN...Bigfork MN...Grand Rapids MN...Cass Lake MN...Walker MN...Leader MN...Brainerd MN...Hill City MN...Cotton MN...Hibbing MN...Ely MN...and Crane Lake MN. 

*Wind chills of 25 below to 35 below are expected Thursday Morning in the advisory area.

Impacts:  Frost bite time of 10 to 20 minutes under these conditions.  The elderly and young children are especially susceptib…

1/18/11: Tuesday's Weather Report

Issued at 3:08 PM CST, Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

Snowfall report from Sunday and Monday, January 16th-17th, 2011.  Source:  NWS Duluth, Minnesota.

Note:  Highest totals are in bold.

International Falls, MN (Koochiching county)  1.9"
8 miles north-northeast of Cook, MN (St. Louis county)  2.0"
7 miles northwest of Two Harbors, MN (Lake county)  3.1"
2 miles south of Northome, MN (Itasca county)  3.1"
Babbitt, MN (St. Louis county)  3.2"
2 miles east of Finland, MN (Lake county)  6.2"
Cotton, MN (St. Louis county)  1.7"
Kabetogama, MN (St. Louis county)  3.3"
Little Marais, MN (Lake county)  5.7"
Carlton, MN (Carlton county)  3.0"
Ely, MN (St. Louis county)  3.0"
Virginia, MN (St. Louis county)  4.5"
6 miles south of Ashland, WI (Ashland county)  3.0"
3 miles northeast of Askov, MN (Pine county)  1.3"
Schroeder, MN (Cook county)  5.0"
Littlefork, MN (Koochiching county)  2.2"
Togo, MN (Itasca county)  3.5&qu…