Wednesday, March 4, 2015

March 4, 2015 Weather Report - Record low maximum temperature in Duluth and International Falls Today; Bitterly cold Tonight

/Issued 3:59 PM CST, Wednesday, March 4, 2015/

A major winter storm is hitting much of the Southern/Eastern U.S. with significant amounts of ice and snow.

Pink=Winter Storm Warning
Purple=Winter Weather Advisory
Green=Flood Advisory/Flood Warning

**Coldest March 4th on record at both Duluth and International Falls, Minnesota**


High temperature through (4PM Today)  3 above.  The previous coldest was 5 above (1888) 127 year old record!

International Falls:

High temperature through (4PM Today)  2 above.  The previous coldest was 4 above (2003)  12 years ago.

Top 4 heaviest calendar day snowfall totals for 2014-15 at Duluth, MN - Airport location.

1)  4.7" on November 10th
2)  4.4" on March 3rd
3)  3.4" on February 10th
4)  3.3" on November 11th

Weather Summary for March 4, 2015
Location:  Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin

A bitterly cold early March day as arctic high pressure of 1032mb moves into the Northern Plains.  Skies across the Northland were partly to mostly cloudy Today with a few passing flurries and light snow showers from time to time.  The big story were the temperatures with highs only in the single digits, this is 25-30 degrees colder than normal for March 4th.  Winds Today were out of the west or northwest at 10 to around 25 mph.

Forecast Discussion for Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin

Short Term Forecast - Confidence:  High.

Tonight (March 4)

500mb heights of 516 meters with 850mb temperatures of -26C covered the Northland This Afternoon, not much will change Tonight as high pressure builds southeast out of the Northern Plains.  Clear to partly cloudy skies will be found in our area with lows in the single digits, teens, and 20s below zero.  Winds will be out of the west or northwest at 10 to 15 mph.

Thursday and Thursday Night (March 5)

Strong area of high pressure moves off to the southeast while a warm front approaches from the west.  Partly cloudy skies are expected this period with highs on Thursday in the single digits and teens with lows Thursday Night generally in the single digits.  Winds will be out of the southwest at 10 to 20 mph.

Extended Forecast - Confidence:  High.

Friday through Sunday (March 6-8)

A couple of weak systems will affect the region this weekend -- could see a few snow showers or flurries at times from Friday into early Saturday, and possibly again Saturday Night or early Sunday AM.  No major precipitation is expected though.  Temperatures will warm-up and this will likely be the bigger weather story during the extended period.  Highs from Friday through Sunday are forecast to be in the 20s and 30s, a few locations might even get close to 40 degrees by Sunday.  Low temperatures Friday Night and Saturday Night will be in the teens and 20s.

Long Range Forecast - Confidence:  High.

(March 9-14)

Expecting above average temperatures from the 9th-14th with no major storms.  Much of the Northland should have highs at or above 40 degrees most of next week, some locations might even hit 50!  Note:  Temperatures closer to Lake Superior could be a lot cooler depending on wind direction (Very typical for this time of year) Right now it looks like Monday and Tuesday would have offshore winds, but after that we could see more of an easterly wind develop from mid to late week.


.Tonight...  Frigid.  Clear.  Low 8 below to 13 below.  Wind west to northwest at 10 to 15 mph with gusts to 20 mph.

.Thursday...  Mostly sunny.  High 10 to 15.  Wind southwest at 10 to 20 mph.

.Thursday Night...  Partly to mostly cloudy.  Low 0 to 5.  Wind southwest at 10 to 20 mph.

.Friday...  Partly to mostly cloudy.  High 27 to 32.

.Friday Night...  Mostly cloudy.  Flurries possible.  Low 17 to 22.

.Saturday...  Partly sunny.  High 30 to 35.

.Saturday Night...  Mostly cloudy.  Low 20 to 25.

.Sunday...  Partly to mostly cloudy.  High 30 to 35.

Normal temperatures for Thursday

High:  30
Low:  13

Sunrise Thursday:  6:41 AM CST
Sunset Thursday:   6:00 PM CST