/Issued 4:26 PM CST, Tuesday, March 8, 2016/
An active morning for thunderstorms across Northern Minnesota -- Here's a map showing all the lightning strikes from the past 12 hours, fairly impressive for early March.
Typical spring setup today with a huge temperature contrast from the mid 30s in Duluth to near 60 around Brainerd and near 70 degrees in the Twin Cities. This was the surface/lightning map from just before Noon today.
Tonight's low temperature forecast. Source, National Weather Service Duluth, Minnesota.
Wednesday's high temperature forecast. Source, National Weather Service Duluth, Minnesota.
*Local Storm Reports for March 8, 2016*
Source: National Weather Service Duluth, Minnesota
*6:27 AM CST: HAIL. 0.75". 2 NW of Markham, MN (St. Louis County)
*10:51 AM CST: HAIL. 0.75". 1 ESE of International Falls, MN (Koochiching County)
*7:37 AM CST: HAIL. 1.25". 11 NNW of Whyte, MN (Lake County) Hail size ranged from pea to 1 1/8" in diameter.
*5:15 AM CST: HAIL. 0.25". 5 SSE of McKinley, MN (St. Louis County)
*6:39 AM CST: HAIL. 0.25". 1 SW of La Prairie, MN (Itasca County)
*6:41 AM CST: HAIL. 0.88". 1 NE of La Prairie, MN (Itasca County)
*6:50 AM CST: HAIL. 0.25". 1 SSW of Coleraine, MN (Itasca County)
*8:34 AM CST: HAIL. 0.25". 1 E of Buhl, MN (St. Louis County)
*8:57 AM CST: HAIL. 0.25". 2 N of Mountain Iron, MN (St. Louis County)
*3:59 AM CST: HAIL. 0.25". 4 N of Pine Center, MN (Crow Wing County)
Weather Summary for NE Minnesota and NW Wisconsin
Date: March 8, 2016
The first widespread thunderstorm outbreak of 2016 occurred this morning in much of Northern Minnesota thanks to a warm front which lifted north across the state, this boundary interacted with a very unstable airmass which helped to generate scattered strong thunderstorms that went on to produce quite a bit of small hail in parts of Northern Minnesota this morning.
This afternoon finds low pressure averaging 1000mb centered over Central Minnesota with a cold front lifting northeast out of Southern-Central Minnesota. Temperatures have warmed considerably in East Central Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin this afternoon under a mix of sun/clouds, highs were in the 60s to around 70 degrees with dew points in the 40s to lower 50s. Near Lake Superior and in extreme Northern Minnesota temperatures were in the 30s to around 40 degrees this afternoon with areas of fog and drizzle. Winds today were out of the east, south or west at 10 to 20 mph.
Forecast Discussion for NE Minnesota and NW Wisconsin
Short Term Forecast - Confidence: High.
Tonight (March 8)
Low pressure will move from Central Minnesota to Eastern Ontario Province tonight while high pressure builds southeast into Manitoba Province -- Mostly cloudy to partly cloudy skies will be found in our area with scattered rain showers affecting mainly Northern portions of Minnesota, there is a chance for the rain to mix with or change to snow showers/flurries later in the night but little if any snow accumulation is expected.
Note: The atmosphere will remain quite unstable into early this evening in Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin so there remains a possibility that a few thunderstorms will redevelop through mid-evening mainly over Northern or Northeastern Minnesota. Low temperatures tonight will be in the 20s and 30s as winds shift from the south or west to the north/west at 10 to 20 mph.
Wednesday and Wednesday night (March 9)
A ridge of high pressure will stretch from the Upper Midwest to Central Canada. Partly to mostly cloudy skies on the way tomorrow with highs in the 30s and 40s, there is a chance for a few rain showers which could mix with flurries or snow showers although no major accumulation of rain or snow is expected tomorrow. Partly cloudy skies Wednesday night with lows in the 20s and 30s. Winds will be out of the north, west or east at 10 to 15 mph.
Extended Forecast - Confidence: High.
Thursday through Saturday (March 10-12)
Mainly dry from Thursday through Saturday. Highs on Thursday will be in the 30s and 40s with 50s possible in Southern portions of the area, lows Thursday night will be in the 20s and 30s. Highs on Friday will be in the 40s and 50s with 60s in Southern areas, lows Friday night will be in the 30s and 40s. Highs on Saturday will be in the 40s and 50s with 60s possible once again over Southern portions of the Northland.
Long Range Forecast - Confidence: Medium.
Rain is possible on the 13th-14th with another system possibly bringing more rain to the Northland sometime between the 15th-17th...That latter system might have enough cold air to work with toward the end to produce some snow later next week. Above average temperatures are expected to continue through the 18th.
5 DAY FORECAST FOR DULUTH AND SUPERIOR
.Tonight... Considerable cloudiness. Areas of fog near Lake Superior mainly this evening. Low 30 to 35. Wind south to southeast at 5 to 15 mph becoming west, then northwest late at 15 to 20 mph.
.Wednesday... Mostly cloudy. Light rain or snow showers possible. High 37 to 42. Wind north at 10 to 20 mph.
.Wednesday night... Partly cloudy. Low 27 to 32. Wind north around 10 mph.
.Thursday... Partly cloudy. High 42 to 47.
.Thursday night... Partly cloudy. Low 25 to 30.
.Friday... Partly cloudy. High 50 to 55.
.Friday night... Partly cloudy. Low 37 to 42.
.Saturday... Partly to mostly cloudy. High 47 to 52 but cooler near Lake Superior.
Normal temperatures for Wednesday
Sunrise Wednesday: 6:32 AM CST
Sunset Wednesday: 6:07 PM CST