Friday, February 27, 2015

February 27, 2015 Weather Report

/Issued 3:41 PM CST, Friday, February 27, 2015/

One year ago Today; Minnesota snow depth map.  Incredible!  Source, MNDNR.

Minnesota snow depth map as of February 26, 2015.  Source, MNDNR.

Little has changed on this map for the past month or so, now we wait for the snowmelt to begin...That won't happen right away, but thawing temperatures will eventually come our way.

Snow depth report as of 6 AM CST February 27, 2015
Source:  National Weather Service Duluth, Minnesota

Northeast Minnesota

Duluth:  10"
International Falls:  17"
7 NW of Brainerd:  5"
12 N of Isle:  4"
3 E of Wright:  4"
Cotton:  8"
Cass Lake:  7"
12 N of Grand Rapids:  6"
Togo:  13"
25 E of Ely:  24"
Cook:  16"
Embarrass:  14"
Floodwood:  6"
Grand Portage:  16"
4 E of Island Lake:  12"
Kabetogama:  25"
3 E of Orr:  14"
2 S of Tower:  12"

Northwest Wisconsin

1 WSW of Saxon:  19"
Hurley:  25"
4 W of Clam Lake:  13"
Gordon:  6"
Solon Springs:  4"
Winter:  11"

Weather Summary for February 27, 2015
Location:  Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin

High pressure of 1038mb was over far Northern Missouri late This Afternoon.  Sunshine ruled and temperatures were cool.  Highs Today were in the middle teens to lower 20s which is around 10 degrees below average for late February.  Winds were out of the west or southwest at 5 to around 20 mph.

Forecast Discussion for Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin

Short Term Forecast - Confidence:  High.

Tonight (February 27)

Clear and cold Tonight.  High pressure will be centered to our southeast.  Lows will be in the single digits, teens, and possibly the 20s below zero.  Winds will be out of the south or southwest at 5 to around 20 mph.

Saturday and Saturday Night (February 28)

A low pressure system and associated cold front will move into the Upper Midwest during this period.  Partly to mostly cloudy skies are forecast, and there could be a few snow showers around the area Saturday Night.  Highs Tomorrow will be in the teens and 20s with lows Tomorrow Night in the single digits below to teens above zero.  Winds will be out of the south or southwest at 10 to around 20 mph.

Extended Forecast - Confidence:  Medium to High.

Sunday through Tuesday (March 1-3)

High pressure builds into the Northland on Sunday as a cold front exits to the southeast.  That high will then move off to the east on Monday.  High temperatures on Sunday and Monday are forecast to be in the teens and 20s with lows Sunday Night in the teens below to single digits above zero.  Lows Monday Night will mainly be in the teens.

Low pressure passing to our north and another low moving east/northeast out of Colorado will combine with an eastward moving cold front to generate at least a little bit of snow in the Northland from Monday Night into Tuesday -- not expecting anything too significant though in terms of snowfall, but a dusting to a few inches of snow can't be ruled out the way it looks now.  High temperatures on Tuesday will be in the 20s.

Long Range Forecast - Confidence:  High.

(March 4-9)

A shot of arctic air looks likely for Wednesday/Thursday (4th-5th) after that temperatures should modify.  So well below normal temperatures on the 4th-5th with near to below average temperatures from the 6th-9th.  No big storms from the 4th-9th.


.Tonight...  Clear.  Cold.  Low 6 below to 11 below.  Wind south to southwest at 5 to 15 mph.

.Saturday...  Partly cloudy.  High 16 to 21.  Wind south to southwest at 10 to 20 mph.

.Saturday Night...  Partly to mostly cloudy.  A few flurries possible.  Low 7 to 12.  Wind southwest at 10 to 15 mph.

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

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

.Monday...  Partly cloudy.  High 20 to 25.

.Monday Night...  Mostly cloudy.  Light snow possible.  Low 15 to 20.

.Tuesday...  Mostly cloudy.  Light snow possible.  High 20 to 25.

Normal temperatures for Saturday

High:  28
Low:  11

Sunrise Saturday:  6:51 AM CST
Sunset Saturday:   5:53 PM CST