Friday, March 25, 2016

March 25, 2016 Weather Report - Wet snow and rain on the way; A few slushy inches of snow accumulation possible by Saturday in parts of the Northland

/Issued 5:27 PM CDT, Friday, March 25, 2016/

Here's how much snow could accumulate through 6 PM Saturday.  This will be a wet and heavy snowfall so it will compact and melt at times.  Note:  Another band of wet snow could affect parts of the Northland Saturday night and early Sunday morning but computer models aren't in the best agreement on where that second band of snow could setup for tomorrow night.  Source, 20z RAP model.



















Forecast maps for Saturday.  Source, Weather Prediction Center.

Blue=Snow
Green=Rain
Purple/orange areas=Mixed precipitation








































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



















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




















The first couple days of April still look cold across a large portion of the U.S.















Weather Summary for NE Minnesota and NW Wisconsin
Date:  March 25, 2016

A pretty nice spring day in parts of the Northland today while other areas had a not so nice day.  A cold front stretched from West Central to Northern Minnesota late this afternoon with low pressure of 1006mb over Southern South Dakota; High pressure of 1018mb was over the Eastern Great Lakes and Ohio Valley.  Highs today ranged from the 40s to around 50 degrees from the Iron Range and North Shore down to the Brainerd Lakes, east through all of Northwest Wisconsin under partly sunny to mostly cloudy skies.  Far Northern Minnesota has had some wet snow or mixed rain and snow from time to time today under overcast skies which kept temperatures in the 30s.  Winds today were out of the south, southwest or north at 5 to 15 mph with higher gusts.

Forecast Discussion for NE Minnesota and NW Wisconsin

Short Term Forecast - Confidence:  Medium.

Tonight (March 25)

Rain and wet snow tonight as a cold front pushes south/east out of Western and Northern Minnesota -- This front is forecast to move into Eastern Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin by daybreak.  

Precipitation during the evening hours should fall as rain except in far Northern Minnesota where rain or wet snow will occur.  By late tonight, rain will mix with and change to wet snow from NW-SE thanks to cooler temperatures which will move in later tonight.  

Note:  Eastern Minnesota and most of Northwest Wisconsin will probably have precipitation primarily in the form of rain through the night.

Low temperatures tonight will be in the 20s and 30s with north, east or south winds at 5 to 15 mph.

Saturday and Saturday night (March 26)

Wet, white and cool.  A cold front pushes south/east of the Northland tomorrow while low pressure moves slowly northeast out of Iowa/Southern Minnesota.  Wet snow and rain is expected to continue through Saturday night with highs tomorrow in the 30s with 40s possible in parts of Eastern Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin.  Lows Saturday night will be in the 20s and 30s.  South, north or east winds tomorrow at 10 to 15 mph with north or east winds tomorrow night at 10 to 20 mph.

Extended Forecast - Confidence:  High.

Easter Sunday through Tuesday (March 27-29)

Areas of light snow could linger into Easter morning in parts of Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin with dry weather returning from Sunday afternoon through most of Tuesday before rain chances move in for Tuesday night.

High temperatures on Sunday will be in the 30s and 40s with lows Sunday night in the 20s and 30s.  Highs on Monday will be in the 40s and 50s with cooler temperatures near Lake Superior.  Lows Monday night will be in the 20s and 30s.  Highs on Tuesday are expected to be in the 40s and 50s with cooler temperatures near Lake Superior.

Long Range Forecast - Confidence:  Medium.

(March 30-April 4)

A chance of rain on Wednesday (30th) Rain could change to some snow Wednesday night and Thursday.  Low pressure is forecast to develop over the Rockies before it lifts northeast toward the Great Lakes during the middle/end of next week, this system should bring some rain and possibly some snow to the Northland unless the storm track shifts farther south in coming days.  Near to above average temperatures are expected from March 30th-31st.

Much colder temperatures still look to move in from April 1st-4th with record or near record cold possible across the Northland.

5 DAY FORECAST FOR DULUTH AND SUPERIOR

.Tonight...  Rain developing before Midnight.  Rain could mix with or change to wet snow overnight.  Low 31 to 34.  Wind south to southwest at 10 to 20 mph becoming northeast late.

.Saturday...  Occasional wet snow or rain.  Slushy snowfall accumulations of around 1" possible.  High 34 to 37.  Wind east to northeast at 10 to 20 mph.

.Saturday night...  Occasional wet snow or rain.  Slushy snowfall accumulations of around 1" possible.  Low 30 to 33.  Wind east to northeast at 10 to 20 mph.

.Easter Sunday...  Snow showers possible early otherwise partly to mostly cloudy.  High 35 to 40.

.Sunday night...  Partly to mostly cloudy.  Low 27 to 32.

.Monday...  Partly cloudy.  High 38 to 43.

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

.Tuesday...  Increasing cloudiness.  High 40 to 45  but cooler near Lake Superior.

Normal temperatures for Saturday

High:  39
Low:   22

Sunrise Saturday:  6:59 AM CDT
Sunset Saturday:   7:30 PM CDT

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