Friday, March 25, 2011

3/25/11: Friday's Weather Report

Issued at 3:08 PM CDT, Friday, March 25th, 2011

Per NWS Duluth, MN:

*FLOOD ADVISORY* has been issued for Crow Wing county in Eastcentral Minnesota.  At 2 PM CDT Today the stage on the Mississippi River at Fort Ripley was 9.0 feet.  Flood stage is 10 feet.  The Mississippi River is expected to remain below flood stage through next Wednesday, March 30th, but high flows will be possible through that time.

Forecast Discussion for Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin

Today's Weather:

High pressure averaging 1032mb was centered in Northern Ontario Province This Afternoon with plenty of dry air and sunny skies in place in our area.  Temperatures were running 10 to around 20 degrees below average Today with highs in the 20s and lower 30s.  Winds were out of the east under 15 mph.  There has been some lake effect clouds, flurries and snow showers near Lake Superior Today, brief visibility reduction has occurred, but there hasn't been much in the way of accumulation.

Today's Upper Level Analysis:

Northwest flow covered the Upper Midwest per RUC model analysis and water vapor satellite imagery.  500mb low was over the Pacific Northwest but this system will take the southern route in coming days.

Tonight through Saturday Night:

A fairly typical early Spring time pattern has evolved for our area as strong high pressure remains nearly stationary over Central Canada which will force the storm track well to our south through most of next week.  Look for clear to partly cloudy skies with some extra cloudiness at times, especially near Lake Superior where a few lake effect flurries or snow showers could fall at times, but little if any accumulation is expected.  Lows Tonight and Saturday Night will be in the single digits below to lower teens above zero with some Northern Minnesota locales possibly going as low as the teens below.  Highs on Saturday will be in the 20s to lower 30s.  Easterly winds will occur during this period under 15 mph.

Extended Forecast:

The period from Sunday through Wednesday, March 27th-30th looks generally dry with high temperatures for Sunday and Monday in the 20s to lower 30s with lows Sunday Night and Monday Night in the single digits below to lower teens above zero.  Looks like a possible clipper type system moving into the Upper Midwest late next week, Thursday-Friday March 31st-April 1st time frame, might see a few showers of rain and or snow with that feature, but nothing major is expected at this time.

5 Day Forecast for Duluth/Superior

.Tonight...  Partly cloudy.  Scattered flurries.  Low 5 to 10.  Wind east at 5 to 15 mph.

.Saturday...  Partly sunny.  Scattered flurries.  High 26 to 31.  Wind east at 5 to 15 mph.

.Saturday Night...  Partly cloudy.  Scattered flurries.  Low 5 to 10.  Wind east at 5 to 15 mph.

.Sunday...  Partly sunny.  Scattered flurries.  High 25 to 30.

.Sunday Night...  Partly cloudy.  Low 5 to 10.

.Monday...  Partly cloudy.  High 30 to 35.

.Monday Night...  Partly cloudy.  Low 10 to 15.

.Tuesday...  Partly cloudy.  High 33 to 38.

Normal temperatures for Today

High:  38
Low:  20

Sunrise Tomorrow:  7:00 AM CDT
Sunset Tomorrow:   7:29 PM CDT