/Issued 5:00 PM CDT, Tuesday, March 22, 2016/
Late afternoon water vapor satellite image and expected track of the next storm system through Thursday. Warm today but rain turns to snow Wednesday and Thursday with greater than 6" of snow accumulation possible most likely in the blue outlined area on the map from Wednesday into Thursday.
Note: Major model differences continue with this storm with the GFS model out to lunch as usual, continuing to lean with the EURO model and a more southerly track to the snow.
Winter storm warning in pink; Winter storm watch in blue. Source, Aerisweather.com; National Weather Service Chanhassen, Minnesota. More information at the links below.
Winter Storm Warning: http://forecast.weather.gov/wwamap/wwatxtget.php?cwa=mpx&wwa=winter%20storm%20warning
Winter Storm Watch: http://forecast.weather.gov/wwamap/wwatxtget.php?cwa=mpx&wwa=winter%20storm%20watch
Tonight's low temperature forecast. Source, National Weather Service Duluth, Minnesota.
Wednesday's high temperature forecast. Source, National Weather Service Duluth, Minnesota.
Weather Summary for NE Minnesota and NW Wisconsin
Date: March 22, 2016
There was a little bit of snow in parts of the area earlier today but this didn't amount to much. This afternoon sky conditions ranged from mostly sunny in far Northern Minnesota to partly-mostly sunny in Western-far Southern areas while mostly cloudy skies prevailed in Northeast Minnesota, far Northern Wisconsin and also near Lake Superior. High temperatures today were in the 30s with lower 40s around the Brainerd Lakes and in far Southern parts of Northwest Wisconsin. Winds today were out of the east or northeast at 5 to 15 mph with gusts over 30 mph near Lake Superior -- Northeast winds coming down Lake Superior helped to develop a few brief lake effect snow showers today but the setup for lake effect snow is quite marginal today.
Forecast Discussion for NE Minnesota and NW Wisconsin
Short Term Forecast - Confidence: High.
Tonight (March 22)
High pressure to our north and low pressure moving out into Central Plains will result in partly to mostly cloudy skies in our area tonight with gusty winds continuing near Lake Superior. Low temperatures will be in the teens and 20s with single digits in extreme Northern Minnesota. Winds will be out of the east or northeast at 5 to 15 mph with gusts to 30 mph near Lake Superior.
Wednesday and Wednesday night (March 23)
High pressure will remain to our north while low pressure tracks from North Central Kansas to Western Illinois, snow associated with that low will remain to our south on Wednesday. Expect partly to mostly cloudy skies in our area with highs in the 20s and 30s with lows Wednesday night in the teens and 20s. Winds will remain out of the east or northeast at 10 to 15 mph with gusts to 30 mph near Lake Superior.
Extended Forecast - Confidence: Medium to High.
Thursday through Saturday (March 24-26)
Dry on Thursday with highs in the 30s to around 40 degrees, lows Thursday night will be in the teens and 20s.
An area of low pressure along with a warm front and cold front will pass through the Upper Midwest from Friday into Saturday -- This system should bring some light wet snow and possibly some rain to the Northland. At the moment were not looking at too much snow accumulation, maybe a band of 1-3" over some parts of Northern or Eastern Minnesota.
Highs on Friday will be in the 30s and 40s with lows Friday night in the 20s and 30s. Highs on Saturday will be in the 30s.
Long Range Forecast - Confidence: Medium.
(March 27-April 1)
Near to above average temperatures from the 27th-30th followed by below average temperatures from March 31-April 1. Rain is possible on the 29th-30th as low pressure passes over or near the Upper Midwest, the rain could change over to a little bit of snow on March 31st-April 1st.
5 DAY FORECAST FOR DULUTH AND SUPERIOR
.Tonight... Windy. Partly to mostly cloudy. Low 20 to 25. Wind east to northeast at 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 30 mph.
.Wednesday... Windy. Partly to mostly cloudy. High 26 to 31. Wind east to northeast at 15 to 30 mph.
.Wednesday night... Breezy. Partly to mostly cloudy. Low 17 to 22. Wind east to northeast at 15 to 25 mph.
.Thursday... Partly sunny. High 28 to 33.
.Thursday night... Partly cloudy. Low 20 to 25.
.Friday... Partly sunny. High 37 to 42.
.Friday night... Light snow or mixed rain and snow possible. Low 30 to 33.
.Saturday... Light snow or mixed rain and snow possible. High 33 to 35.
Normal temperatures for Wednesday
Sunrise Wednesday: 7:05 AM CDT
Sunset Wednesday: 7:26 PM CDT