Friday, March 6, 2015

March 6, 2015 Weather Report - Spring forward Saturday Night. Dusting of snow late Tonight (No big deal) Mild temps and no major winter storms thru mid March

/Issued 4:15 PM CST, Friday, March 6, 2015/

Minnesota snow depth map one year ago Today - March 6, 2014.  Incredible!  Source, MNDNR.

Fast forward to this year - Here's the snow depth map in Minnesota as of March 5, 2015.  Source, MNDNR.

A larger view of the current snow depth.  Source, Midwest Regional Climate Center.  Check back in a week, I think this map will change quite a bit.

Snow depth report as of March 6, 2015
Source:  National Weather Service Duluth, Minnesota

Northeast Minnesota:

Duluth:  12"
International Falls:  16"
7 NW of Brainerd:  8"
12 N of Isle:  8"
3 E of Wright:  7"
Cotton:  10"
12 N of Grand Rapids:  7"
Togo:  12"
25 E of Ely:  26"
Cook:  17"
Embarrass:  12"
Floodwood:  9"
4 E of Island Lake:  12"
Kabetogama:  21"
3 E of Orr:  13"

Northwest Wisconsin:

1 WSW of Saxon:  20"
Hurley:  23"
Park Falls:  13"
4 W of Clam Lake:  15"
9 SE of Webster:  8"

Weather Summary for March 6, 2015
Location:  Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin

Temperatures finally climbed above average in most of the Northland.  A few areas of low pressure were centered to our north resulting in a milder westerly flow across the area Today.  Highs were generally in the 30s with winds out of the west or southwest at 10 to 20 mph with a few higher gusts.

Forecast Discussion for Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin

Short Term Forecast - Confidence:  High.

Tonight (March 6)

An area of low pressure will drop east/southeast out of Manitoba.  This system will bring a some flurries and snow showers to the Northland especially later This Evening and during the Overnight hours.  Not expecting much in the way of accumulation though -- maybe a dusting to half inch at most.  Low temperatures will be in the teens and 20s with winds out of the west, southwest, or northwest at 10 to 20 mph.

Saturday and Saturday Night (March 7)

One weak low exits to our southeast while a new one approaches from the northwest Saturday Night.  A few flurries/snow showers are possible early Saturday Morning and again Saturday Night otherwise will have partly to mostly cloudy skies around the Northland with highs in the 20s and 30s with lows Tomorrow Night in the teens and 20s.  Winds will be out of the northwest Tomorrow at 10 to 25 mph.  Winds Tomorrow Night will shift to the south or west at 10 to 20 mph.

Extended Forecast - Confidence:  High.

Sunday through Tuesday (March 8-10)

Can't rule out a few flurries on Sunday but most of us should stay dry, in fact the Sunday-Tuesday time frame is looking pretty quiet around here.  High temperatures are forecast to be in the 30s to around 40 degrees on Sunday with highs on Monday and Tuesday in the 30s and 40s.  Note:  50s are even possible in a few spots in the Northland either Monday or Tuesday.

Long Range Forecast - Confidence:  High.

(March 11-17)

Above average temperatures are forecast from the 11th-16th.  East winds should develop though near Lake Superior from mid-late week, this will lead to much cooler temperatures near the big lake compared to inland locations.

Away from Lake Superior, daytime highs should get close to 40 or into the 40s most of next week, 50s are even possible at times.  Near Lake Superior, I think temperatures will hold right around 30 or so during the mid-late week time frame, and this is pretty close to average for this time of year.  Note:  No major storms are anticipated through mid March the way it looks now, so time is certainly starting to run out on getting a major snowstorm around here.


.Tonight...  Becoming mostly cloudy.  Late night flurries or snow showers possible.  Low 20 to 25.  Wind west at 15 to 25 mph, becoming south to southwest at 10 to 20 mph.

.Saturday...  Partly to mostly cloudy.  High 30 to 35.  Wind northwest at 10 to 20 mph.

.Saturday Night...  Mostly cloudy.  Flurries possible late.  Low 20 to 25.  Wind becoming southwest at 10 to 20 mph.

.Sunday...  Partly to mostly cloudy.  High 35 to 40.

.Sunday Night...  Partly cloudy.  Low 20 to 25.

.Monday...  Partly cloudy.  High 40 to 45.

.Monday Night...  Partly cloudy.  Low 27 to 32.

.Tuesday...  Partly cloudy.  High 45 to 50.

Normal temperatures for Saturday

High:  31
Low:  14

Sunrise Saturday:  6:37 AM CST
Sunset Saturday:   6:02 PM CST