Wednesday, February 25, 2015

February 25, 2015 Weather Report - Cold/dry! Southeast U.S. winter storm!

/Issued 3:25 PM CST, Wednesday, February 25, 2015/

A decent snow event in parts of the Southeast U.S. Today.  Here's a radar loop during the past few hours.  Blue=Snow, darker blue colors indicate heavier snowfall.  Source,

And here's another snow system Today...Yes, both missing the Northland.  This is the one that dropped between a few to several inches of snow in parts of Southern Minnesota earlier Today.  Source,

We do have some excitement in our neck of the woods though.  Another night, another wind chill advisory.  NWS hazards map; light blue=wind chill advisory.  More information at this link:

Weather Summary for February 25, 2015
Location:  Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin

Low pressure of 1012mb was over Northwest Missouri with high pressure of 1038mb over Eastern Alberta.  The low now over Missouri brought a swath of accumulating snow to the Southern half of Minnesota Today with accumulations generally in the 1-3" range, but amounts up to 5-6" were reported down along the Minnesota/Iowa border -- or along Interstate 90 in extreme Southern Minnesota.  The Northland stayed dry Today under sunny to partly cloudy skies.  Highs were in the single digits to lower teens with north or northwest winds at 5 to 15 mph.

Forecast Discussion for Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin

Short Term Forecast - Confidence:  High.

Tonight through Thursday Night (February 25-26)

Arctic high pressure of 1040-1045mb builds southeast out of Western Canada through this period.  Clear to partly cloudy skies will be found over the Northland with lows Tonight and Thursday Night in the single digits, teens, and 20s below with highs on Thursday in the single digits to lower teens.  Winds will be out of north/west at 10 to 15 mph.

Extended Forecast - Confidence:  High.

Friday through Sunday (February 27-March 1)

High pressure moves off to the southeast on Friday, this will allow winds to turn around to a southerly direction which will lead to milder temperatures compared to what we have been seeing.  Highs on Friday will be in the teens to near 20 degrees with lows Friday Night in the single digits above to teens below zero.  Highs on Saturday and Sunday will be in the teens and 20s with lows Saturday Night in the single digits and teens.  We will see a cold front move into the Upper Midwest Saturday Night and Sunday, this system could bring a few flurries or snow showers to the area later this weekend but this won't amount to much.

Long Range Forecast - Confidence:  High.

(March 2-7)

Below average temperatures from the 2nd-7th.  Minor snow event is possible sometime between the 3rd-5th.  No major storms around here as we kick off the month of March.


Timing:  Midnight Tonight until 10 AM CST Thursday

.Tonight...  Very cold.  Mostly clear.  Low 9 below to 14 below.  Wind north to northwest at 10 to 15 mph.  Wind chills 25 below to 35 below.

.Thursday...  Mostly sunny.  High 3 to 8.  Wind northwest at 10 to 15 mph.  Wind chills 25 below to 35 below during the Morning.

.Thursday Night...  Fair.  Low 6 below to 11 below.  Wind west around 10 mph.

.Friday...  Mostly sunny.  High 12 to 17.

.Friday Night...  Mostly clear.  Low 3 below to 2 above.

.Saturday...  Partly cloudy.  High 16 to 21.

.Saturday Night...  Partly to mostly cloudy.  Low 8 to 13.

.Sunday...  Partly to mostly cloudy.  High 20 to 25.

Normal temperatures for Wednesday

High:  27
Low:  10

Sunrise Thursday:  6:54 AM CST
Sunset Thursday:   5:50 PM CST