Thursday, February 2, 2017

Several inches of snow possible in parts of the Northland next Mon-Wed. Cold tonight; Teens on Friday; A skiff of snow for Saturday

/Issued 4:33 PM CST, Thursday, February 2, 2017/

Heads up for next week, mainly from late Monday into early Wednesday.  Stay tuned.
















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




















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




















Weather Tidbits

Sources:
http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/climate/journal/1701_thaw.html
http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/climate/journal/15_17_months_above_normal.html

*January 2017 was the 17th consecutive month with an above average temperature at Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Note:  The last time with a below average temperature month at Minneapolis was back on August of 2015.

*The period from January 16-31, 2017 was the 5th warmest on record at Rochester, Minnesota; 4th warmest on record at both St. Cloud and the Twin Cities; The 3rd warmest at Duluth, and the 2nd warmest on record at International Falls.

*Subzero low temperature at Duluth, Minnesota this morning, February 2 -- This is the first subzero temperature since January 13th (Close to 3 weeks ago)

Weather Synopsis for northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin

A nice looking day with abundant sunshine, but it was a chilly one with daytime highs in the single digits in northern Minnesota with low to mid teens in east central Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin.

Northwest flow will remain in place through Friday as high pressure moves southeast out of the northern Plains.

Cold tonight under mainly clear skies, lows in the single digits and teens below zero.  Mostly sunny to partly cloudy on Friday with highs mainly in the teens.  Not as cold Friday night with lows ranging from around zero to 10 above.

Low pressure is forecast to move east/northeast out of the western High Plains on Saturday, this system should bring a little snow to the Northland for Saturday and Saturday evening (Snow accumulations of 0.5" to 2.0")

A potentially stronger system for early next week.  I'll be watching the computer model trends in coming days and fine tuning the forecast.  Right now based on the current track of this system it would have potential to bring 4" or greater snow accumulations to much of northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin between Monday and early Wednesday of next week, in addition to the snow...Gusty east or northeast winds are possible on Tuesday which would lead to blowing and drifting snow especially around Lake Superior, and possibly some lake enhanced snow as well.

Forecast for Duluth and Superior

.Tonight...  Mainly clear.  Low 1 below to 6 below.  Wind west at 10 to 20 mph.

.Friday...  Mostly sunny.  High 13 to 18.  Wind west to southwest at 10 to 20 mph.

Normal temperatures for Friday

High:  21
Low:     3

Sunrise Friday:  7:30 AM CST
Sunset Friday:   5:15 PM CST

Tim