/Issued 5:00 PM CST, Wednesday, February 15, 2017/
18z GFS model dew point forecast valid for next Monday afternoon, February 20th.
Early next week setup.
Late next week setup.
Ice coverage on Lake Superior this winter continues to be well below the long term average. As of February 15th, only 3.2% of Lake Superior was covered by ice; Normal to date is around 35%.
Tonight's low temperature forecast. Source: https://graphical.weather.gov
Thursday's high temperature forecast. Source: https://graphical.weather.gov
Weather Synopsis for northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin
Quite a bit of cloud cover over the Northland this afternoon, and there's even been some flurries and snow showers affecting extreme northeast Minnesota and also portions of northwest Wisconsin. Cooler temperatures today with highs ranging from the upper teens in far northern Minnesota to the low 30s around the Brainerd Lakes area with 20s in between.
Partly to mostly cloudy skies are expected across the Northland through Thursday night. Any leftover flurries or snow showers should come to an end this evening with dry weather then expected through the weekend.
Lows tonight will be in the teens and 20s with single digits in far northern Minnesota. Highs Thursday will be in the 30s with lower 40s in far southern areas and 20s in far northeast Minnesota. Lows Thursday night will be in the 20s to lower 30s.
Unseasonably warm temperatures are expected Friday through Monday with highs in the 40s and 50s. It could be cooler at times around Lake Superior, especially on Friday and Monday. Note: High temperatures in the 60s to even the lower 70s are expected in parts of southern Minnesota Friday through Monday.
Note: *Record warmth is possible this weekend*
Duluth, Minnesota -- Record high temperatures for the following dates.
February 17th: 52 degrees set in 1981
February 18th: 53 degrees set in 1981
February 19th: 51 degrees set in 1930
February 20th: 54 degrees set in 1877
International Falls, Minnesota -- Record high temperatures for the following dates.
February 17th: 52 degrees set in 1907
February 18th: 49 degrees set in 1954
February 19th: 47 degrees set in 1994
February 20th: 48 degrees set in 1990
Forecast for Duluth and Superior
.Tonight... Partly to mostly cloudy. Low 17 to 22. Wind becoming east at 5 to 15 mph.
.Thursday... Partly to mostly cloudy. High 30 to 35. Wind east at 10 to 20 mph.
Normal temperatures for Thursday
Sunrise Thursday: 7:10 AM CST
Sunset Thursday: 5:35 PM CST