/Issued 5:11 PM CDT, Wednesday, April 13, 2016/
A nice looking low pressure system on visible satellite imagery this afternoon.
Tonight's low temperature forecast. Source, National Weather Service Duluth, Minnesota.
Thursday's high temperature forecast. Source, National Weather Service Duluth, Minnesota.
Note: The average temperature at the Duluth Airport from April 1-12: 27.5 degrees which is -7.9 degrees colder than normal. Although this month has gotten off to a cold start, this isn't the coldest first 12 days of April on record, that goes to April 1925 with an average temperature of 22.5 degrees.
Note: This streak will end on April 14th! 14 consecutive days (2 weeks) of at least a trace of snowfall at the Duluth Airport from March 31 - April 13. Impressive considering the time of year.
Weather Summary for NE Minnesota and NW Wisconsin
Date: April 13, 2016
The well advertised warm-up has begun. Areas of low clouds and some fog earlier in the day burned off giving way to mostly sunny skies during the afternoon. High temperatures were in the 50s with lower 60s from Aitkin to Hinckley to Siren. It was much cooler though near Lake Superior with highs in the upper 30s and 40s today. Winds were out of the east or southeast at 5 to 15 mph with higher gusts near Lake Superior.
Forecast Discussion for NE Minnesota and NW Wisconsin
Short Term Forecast - Confidence: High.
Tonight (April 13)
Clear to partly cloudy skies. Patchy fog is possible around Lake Superior. A warm front will remain over southern Minnesota with high pressure well to our east. Low temperatures will be in the 30s to around 40 degrees as winds remain out of the east or southeast at 5 to 15 mph.
Thursday and Thursday night (April 14)
A warm front will wash out as it lifts N/NE out of southern Minnesota. Partly to mostly cloudy skies are expected on Thursday. Could be a few showers mainly in northern Minnesota but overall its looking dry in our area. Highs will be in the 60s and 70s with 40s near Lake Superior. Lows Thursday night will be in the 40s with 30s possible along the North Shore of Lake Superior and also in portions of northwest Wisconsin. Winds will be out of the south or southeast at 10 to 20 mph.
Extended Forecast - Confidence: Medium to High.
Friday through Sunday (April 15-17)
Mainly dry on Friday with highs in the 60s and 70s, lows Friday night will be in the 40s and 50s which is unseasonably mild for mid April.
A chance for showers in western-northern areas on Saturday and then further southeast for Saturday night and Sunday -- These showers will be the result of a cold front which will pass through the Northland this weekend, not expecting a lot of rain but don't be surprised if there are a few showers around either Saturday or Sunday.
High temperatures on Saturday will be in the 60s and 70s with lows Saturday night ranging from the 30s in northern Minnesota to the 40s and 50s in eastern Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin. Highs on Sunday will be in the 40s and 50s.
Note: High temperatures will likely remain in the 40s near Lake Superior on Friday and Saturday thanks to a persistent east or southeast wind close to the lake.
Long Range Forecast - Confidence: Medium to High.
Mainly dry through the long range with above average temperatures. Pretty good agreement between the EURO and GFS models today for next week, both indicate mild to warm temperatures with the warmest temperatures possibly arriving the middle or end of next week per latest model guidance.
5 DAY FORECAST FOR DULUTH AND SUPERIOR
.Tonight... Mostly clear. Patchy fog possible. Low 30 to 35. Wind east to southeast at 10 to 15 mph.
.Thursday... Partly cloudy. High 60 to 65 but cooler near Lake Superior. Wind south to southeast at 10 to 15 mph.
.Thursday night... Partly cloudy. Low 40 to 45. Wind south to southeast at 5 to 15 mph.
.Friday... Partly cloudy. High 60 to 65 but cooler near Lake Superior.
.Friday night... Partly cloudy. Low 40 to 45.
.Saturday... Partly cloudy. High 63 to 68 but cooler near Lake Superior.
.Saturday night... Partly to mostly cloudy. Low 45 to 50.
.Sunday... Mostly cloudy. High 50 to 55.
Normal temperatures for Thursday
Sunrise Thursday: 6:22 AM CDT
Sunset Thursday: 7:56 PM CDT