Wednesday, February 24, 2016

February 24, 2016 Weather Report - Around 40 tornado reports since Tuesday as a powerful storm hits the Southern-Eastern U.S.

/Issued 4:24 PM CST, Wednesday, February 24, 2016/

Late afternoon water vapor satellite image - A powerful storm lifts northeast out of Western Ohio tonight.  Severe weather/flooding east of the low, snow on the backside of the low with blizzard conditions in parts of Northwest Indiana.  Source, http://weather.cod.edu/forecast/
















Severe thunderstorm outbreak continues today.  Here's a map of severe thunderstorm, tornado and special marine warnings that have been issued thru 4 PM today.  Source, http://www.nws.noaa.gov/regsci/gis/today.html













Tuesday's map of severe thunderstorm, tornado and special marine warnings.













Tonight's low temperature forecast.  Source, National Weather Service Duluth, Minnesota.




















Thursday's high temperature forecast.  Source, National Weather Service Duluth, Minnesota.




















Forecast map for Saturday.  Source, Weather Prediction Center.  It will feel like spring across Minnesota and Wisconsin on Saturday.  Widespread 40 and 50 degree temperatures with 60s even possible over Southern Minnesota.

















Sunday features a weather change as cooler temperatures and possibly some snow or mixed precipitation moves into the Northland.  Source, Weather Prediction Center.

















Weather Summary for NE Minnesota and NW Wisconsin
Date:  February 24, 2016

Scattered snow showers and flurries continued today mainly near Lake Superior.  Mostly cloudy skies in Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin with a mix of clouds and sun over Western parts of the area.  Highs today ranged from the mid to upper 20s in Northern Minnesota to the low and mid 30s in East Central Minnesota, Northwest Wisconsin and near Lake Superior.  Winds today were out of the north or northeast at 10 to 20 mph.  Surface map late this afternoon featured a strong area of low pressure averaging 988mb over Western Ohio with high pressure of 1030mb over Eastern Alberta Province.

Forecast Discussion for NE Minnesota and NW Wisconsin

Short Term Forecast - Confidence:  High.

Tonight (February 24)

Low pressure lifts northeast toward Southeast Canada while high pressure builds southeast into the Northern Plains.  Mostly cloudy to partly cloudy skies will be found in our area tonight with snow showers and flurries especially along the South Shore of Lake Superior in Northwest Wisconsin.  Lows will be in the teens and 20s with north winds at 10 to 20 mph.

Thursday and Thursday night (February 25)

Ridge of high pressure moves into the Upper Midwest.  Partly to mostly sunny skies tomorrow with lingering lake effect snow showers and flurries along the South Shore of Lake Superior in Northwest Wisconsin.  Highs on Thursday will be in the 20s with a few spots reaching the lower 30s in Eastern Minnesota and in far Northwest Wisconsin.  Partly cloudy skies are expected tomorrow night with lows in the teens and 20s.  North or northwest winds on Thursday at 10 to 20 mph gradually shifting to the west or southwest Thursday night.

Extended Forecast - Confidence:  Medium.

Friday through Sunday (February 26-28)

A warm front moves east through the Northland on Friday with low pressure centered well to our north for Friday and Saturday -- Will be in the warm sector on Saturday with unseasonably mild temperatures expected along with gusty westerly winds.

High temperatures on Friday will be in the 30s with 40s possible near the Brainerd Lakes, lows Friday night will be in the 20s and 30s.

Highs on Saturday will be in the 30s and 40s with 50s even possible in parts of East Central Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin.  Note:  60 degree temperatures are a good bet across Southern Minnesota on Saturday.  Lows Saturday night will be in the 20s and 30s.

Changes take place on Sunday as low pressure moves east out of the Western High Plains while a cold front drops south through the Upper Midwest -- This system could bring some accumulating snow and possibly some mixed precipitation to Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin on Sunday although it doesn't look like snow or ice totals would be that significant but still enough to possibly cause some travel issues late in the weekend.  Highs on Sunday will be in the 20s and 30s early in the day with falling temperatures.

Long Range Forecast - Confidence:  Medium.

(February 29-March 4)

A chance for light snow continues on Monday (29th) Mainly dry then from March 1-4 the way it looks now.  Up and down temperatures next week; Below average temperatures most likely on February 29-March 1 with near or above average temperatures from March 2-4.

5 DAY FORECAST FOR DULUTH AND SUPERIOR

.Tonight...  A few flurries possible otherwise mostly cloudy.  Low 17 to 22.  Wind north at 10 to 20 mph.

.Thursday...  Partly to mostly sunny.  High 27 to 32.  Wind north to northwest at 10 to 20 mph.

.Thursday night...  Partly cloudy.  Low 12 to 17.  Wind becoming west at 5 to 15 mph.

.Friday...  Partly cloudy.  High 30 to 35.

.Friday night...  Partly cloudy.  Low 25 to 30.

.Saturday...  Partly cloudy.  High 43 to 48.

.Saturday night...  Partly to mostly cloudy.  Low 30 to 35.

.Sunday...  Light snow or mixed precipitation possible.  High 30 to 35 with falling temperatures.

Normal temperatures for Thursday

High:  27
Low:  10

Sunrise Thursday:  6:57 AM CST
Sunset Thursday:   5:48 PM CST

Tim