A major and slow moving spring storm is creating all sorts of problems once again tonight in parts of the central/southern Plains and Rockies. Significant amounts of snow/blizzard conditions occurring on the cold side of this storm over Colorado and Wyoming while ahead of the storm heavy rain (Flooding) and some severe weather. Source, NWS hazards map.
Early evening satellite image and surface features. Not much has changed since Friday evening. Source, http://www.ssec.wisc.edu/data/geo.html
Tonight's low temperature forecast. Source, National Weather Service Duluth, Minnesota.
Sunday's high temperature forecast. Source, National Weather Service Duluth, Minnesota.
Source: National Weather Service Duluth, Minnesota
Record warm low temperature at Duluth, Minnesota on April 15, 2016
*New record: 47 degrees
Old record: 42 degrees set in 2010 and 1915
Record warm low temperature at International Falls, Minnesota on April 15, 2016
*New record: 50 degrees
Old record: 47 degrees set in 1969
High temperature report for April 15, 2016
Source: National Weather Service Duluth, Minnesota
International Falls, MN: 73 F
Brainerd, MN: 74 F
Hibbing, MN: 70 F
Ashland, WI: 76 F
Hayward, WI: 73 F
Two Harbors, MN: 70 F
Ely, MN: 70 F
Orr, MN: 72 F
Cook, MN: 70 F
Crane Lake, MN: 72 F
Bigfork, MN: 72 F
Grand Rapids, MN: 72 F
Pine River, MN: 73 F
Aitkin, MN: 75 F
Moose Lake, MN: 73 F
Hinckley, MN: 73 F
Cloquet, MN: 72 F
Walker, MN: 72 F
Solon Springs, WI: 73 F
Siren, WI: 75 F
Phillips, WI: 70 F
Cotton, MN: 71 F
Floodwood, MN: 71 F
Kabetogama, MN: 73 F
Note: 71 degrees at the Duluth Airport today, April 16, 2016 -- First time at or above 70 degrees since October 11, 2015 (84 degrees) Within 5 degrees of the record high temperature for today which is 76 degrees set in 1958.
*The average date for the first 70 degree high temperature is April 21st, so were a little earlier than normal this year. Last year, the first 70 degree high temperature occurred on April 12th.
Weather Summary for NE Minnesota and NW Wisconsin
Date: April 16, 2016
Unseasonably warm temperatures continued in most of the area today with high temperatures in the 70s with some spots reaching into the lower 80s! Closer to Lake Superior highs were in the 40s and 50s today. Sky conditions varied between mostly cloudy and mostly sunny today with south or southeast winds at 10 to 20 mph. Not much has changed with the overall weather pattern today -- A large upper level ridge remained over the Great Lakes and points south while an upper level trough covered the Rockies and western High Plains.
Forecast Discussion for NE Minnesota and NW Wisconsin
Short Term Forecast - Confidence: High.
Tonight (April 16)
Weak area of low pressure will be over western Minnesota tonight with a cold front also over western and extreme northern Minnesota. Partly to mostly cloudy skies for tonight with a chance for showers mainly in far western-far northern areas. Low temperatures will be in the 50s with 30s and 40s near Lake Superior. Winds will be out of the south or southeast at 5 to 15 mph.
Sunday and Sunday night (April 17)
One more warm day -- High temperatures on Sunday will be in the 70s with 40s and 50s closer to Lake Superior. Partly to mostly cloudy skies are expected on Sunday with winds from the south or east at 10 to 20 mph.
A cold front will sag south across the Northland tomorrow and tomorrow night, scattered showers might develop in parts of the area as this front moves through late tomorrow afternoon into tomorrow night. Mostly cloudy skies for Sunday night with lows in the 30s near Lake Superior and in northern Minnesota with 40s and 50s in far southern areas. Winds will be out of the south, east or north at 10 to 20 mph.
Extended Forecast - Confidence: Medium to High.
Monday through Wednesday (April 18-20)
Strong high pressure will be centered over Ontario Province while low pressure meanders across the northern-central Plains -- There could be some showers that affect parts of the Northland on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday but with a high sitting to our north it remains to be seen just how far north the moisture/rain will get early in the week.
High temperatures on Monday will range from the 30s and 40s near Lake Superior with 50s elsewhere. Lows Monday night will be in the 30s to around 40 degrees. Highs on Tuesday will be in the 40s and 50s with lows Tuesday night in the 30s and 40s. Highs on Wednesday will be in the 50s and 60s.
Long Range Forecast - Confidence: Low to Medium.
A few showers are possible on Thursday-Friday (21st-22nd) A stronger storm system could develop somewhere over the Rockies, northern or central Plains during the 23rd-26th time frame -- This storm if it comes far enough north could bring rain, gusty winds, maybe a few thunderstorms, and possibly even some snow or mixed precipitation to northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin between the 23rd-26th. Near to below normal temperatures during the long range the way it looks now.
5 DAY FORECAST FOR DULUTH AND SUPERIOR
.Tonight... Partly to mostly cloudy. Low 46 to 51 but cooler near Lake Superior. Wind southeast at 5 to 15 mph.
.Sunday... Partly to mostly sunny. High 70 to 75 but cooler near Lake Superior. Wind south at 10 to 20 mph.
.Sunday night... Mostly cloudy. Low 33 to 38. Wind becoming east at 10 to 20 mph.
.Monday... Breezy and much cooler. Mostly cloudy. High 48 to 53 early with temperatures falling into the 30s to around 40 degrees. Wind east at 15 to 30 mph.
.Monday night... Partly to mostly cloudy. Low 32 to 37. Wind east at 10 to 20 mph.
.Tuesday... Partly sunny. High 40 to 45 but cooler near Lake Superior.
.Tuesday night... Partly to mostly cloudy. Low 35 to 40.
.Wednesday... Partly sunny. High 55 to 60.
Normal temperatures for Sunday
Sunrise Sunday: 6:17 AM CDT
Sunset Sunday: 8:01 PM CDT