Monday, January 16, 2017

Hazy and cool tonight with patchy fog and some Hoarfrost; Thaw continues Tuesday

/Issued 5:01 PM CST, Monday, January 16, 2017/

January 1-15, 2017 temperature departure map.  Source:  http://mrcc.isws.illinois.edu/

Note:  The greatest departures from normal during the first half of this month have been over the northern Rockies, northern Plains and western portions of Minnesota (>10 degrees below average)




















January 1-15, 2017 snowfall departure map.  Source:  http://mrcc.isws.illinois.edu/

Note:  A very snowy first half of January across the northern Plains (200-300% of average) Also snowier than normal in most of Minnesota except across the southern portion of the state.





















Check out these temperatures from around the Northland earlier this afternoon.  Cook and Two Harbors were the warm spots at 2 PM today.

Duluth, Minnesota climbed above freezing today for the first time since December 26th (About 3 weeks ago)












Heads up if you have travel plans to southern Minnesota or central Wisconsin tonight - A wintry mix of precipitation for those areas.  Winter Weather Advisory for the areas shaded in purple - More information at this link http://forecast.weather.gov/wwamap/wwatxtget.php?cwa=mpx&wwa=winter%20weather%20advisory

Source:  http://wx.aerisweather.com/
















Tonight's low temperature forecast.  Source:  http://graphical.weather.gov/




















Tuesday's high temperature forecast.  Source:  http://graphical.weather.gov/




















Note:  A colder than average first half of January in the upper Midwest -- Here's a look at the stats from January 1-15, 2017.

Duluth, Minnesota

Average temperature:  4.2 F
Departure:  -6.0 degrees below normal

Total snowfall:  10.1"
Departure:  0.0" (Normal)

Total precipitation:  0.60"
Departure:  +0.08" above normal

Note:  10 days with a subzero low temperature so far this month.

International Falls, Minnesota

Average temperature:  -2.6 F
Departure:  -6.8 degrees below normal

Total snowfall:  14.5"
Departure:  +6.6" above normal

Total precipitation:  0.89"
Departure:  +0.55" above normal

Twin Cities, Minnesota

Average temperature:  10.6 F
Departure:  -4.8 degrees below normal

Total snowfall:  5.0"
Departure:  -1.0" below normal

Total precipitation:  0.44"
Departure:  -0.02" below normal

St. Cloud, Minnesota

Average temperature:  5.5 F
Departure:  -5.9 degrees below normal

Total snowfall:  9.0"
Departure:  +4.5" above normal

Total precipitation:  0.43"
Departure:  +0.08" above normal

Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Average temperature:  7.2 F
Departure:  -7.2 degrees below normal

Total snowfall:  11.0"
Departure:  +5.0" above normal

Total precipitation:  0.81"
Departure:  +0.39" above normal

Marquette, Michigan

Average temperature:  10.6 F
Departure:  -3.5 degrees below normal

Total snowfall:  16.4"
Departure:  -4.6" below normal

Total precipitation:  0.98"
Departure:  -0.20" below normal

Weather Synopsis:

Mild temperatures over the area today with highs ranging from the upper 20s to the mid/upper 30s.  Quite a bit of haze today otherwise skies were sunny to mostly sunny in northern Minnesota and partly to mostly cloudy in parts of northwest Wisconsin.

*An area of low pressure over northeast Kansas late this afternoon will head northeast to near Chicago, Illinois by daybreak -- This system will bring light snow, sleet and freezing rain to parts of southern Minnesota and western/central Wisconsin tonight with the northern shield of this precipitation possibly affecting far southern portions of northwest Wisconsin late tonight (Mainly around the Hayward Lakes, Park Falls and Phillips areas)

*Could be some patchy fog tonight, similar to early this morning and there is also a chance for some more Hoar Frost in parts of the Northland late tonight-Tuesday morning.

*Lows tonight will range from around 10 below to 10 above in northern Minnesota to the teens and 20s in most of northwest Wisconsin.  Highs on Tuesday will be in the 20s and 30s.

A pretty quite mid to late week around here with the January thaw continuing through the weekend.  There is a chance for some light rain or wet snow over the weekend but this doesn't look like a big deal at the moment.

*I'm still keeping an eye on the January 23-25 time frame for a potentially larger storm that could affect the upper Midwest with snow or rain.  The pattern is forecast to become quite amplified with a ridge developing north of the Great Lakes while a deep trough shifts east out of the western U.S.  This type of pattern will probably lead to one or more storm systems over the Plains this weekend into next week, but the exact tracks these storms take is very uncertain right now.

Forecast for Duluth and Superior

.Tonight...  Partly to mostly cloudy.  Hazy.  Low 12 to 17.  Wind variable at less than 10 mph.

.Tuesday...  Partly to mostly cloudy.  High 29 to 34.  Wind southwest at 10 to 15 mph.

Normal temperatures for Tuesday

High:  19
Low:     1

Sunrise Tuesday:  7:47 AM CST
Sunset Tuesday:   4:50 PM CST

Tim