Saturday, April 2, 2016

April 2, 2016 Weather Report - More snow on the way (Greatest accumulations northeast of Duluth) Winter weather advisory for Sunday for the North Shore and Arrowhead; Gusty NE wind on Sunday. Snowfall totals from early this morning included in this post

/Issued 7:13 PM CDT, Saturday, April 2, 2016/

Check out these temperatures from this evening (6:45 PM CDT)  Southern Minnesota will likely get into the 60s to around 70 degrees on Sunday with 20s in Northern Minnesota.

Snowfall accumulation valid through 10 AM CDT Sunday.  Source, 21z HopWRF model.

Winter Weather Advisory --

A very impressive storm churning southeast through the Great Lakes today.  Infrared Satellite loop ending at 2 PM CDT today.

Tonight's low temperature forecast.  Source, National Weather Service Duluth, Minnesota.

Sunday's high temperature forecast.  Source, National Weather Service Duluth, Minnesota.

Snowfall report for April 2, 2016
Source:  National Weather Service Duluth, Minnesota

2 W of Leonidas, MN (St. Louis County)  5.5"
Chisholm, MN (St. Louis County)  5.2"
Gile, WI (Iron County)  4.5"
5 WSW of Butternut, WI (Price County)  4.1"
3 W of Iron Junction, MN (St. Louis County)  4.0"
4 E of Iron River, WI (Bayfield County)  4.0"
Stone Lake, WI (Sawyer County)  4.0"

Twig, MN (St. Louis County)  3.8"
Togo, MN (Itasca County)  3.5"
Duluth, MN (St. Louis County)  3.3" -- Official NWS total.
Keewatin, MN (Itasca County)  3.2"
Hayward, WI (Sawyer County)  3.0"
Gordon, WI (Douglas County)  3.0"
1 SE of Lester Park, MN (St. Louis County)  2.7"

Phillips, WI (Price County)  2.5"
8 S of Bigfork, MN (Itasca County)  2.5"
Park Falls, WI (Price County)  2.0"
Larsmont, MN (Lake County)  1.8"
5 NW of Two Harbors, MN (Lake County)  1.7"
Moose Lake, MN (Carlton County)  1.3"
International Falls, MN (Koochiching County)  1.0"

Weather Summary for NE Minnesota and NW Wisconsin
Date:  April 2, 2016

The strong clipper storm which dropped a couple inches of snow across most of the Northland early this morning has moved into southeast Lower Michigan late this afternoon.  Partly to mostly cloudy skies were found in our area during the afternoon hours with lingering snow showers mainly along the South Shore of Lake Superior.  Unseasonably cold on this 2nd of April with temperatures as of 4 PM only in the 20s with 30 degree temperatures along and south of a line from Brainerd to Moose Lake to Siren  -- Temperatures today were 10-20 degrees colder than average.  Winds were the other big story today with northwest winds at 15 to 25 mph with gusts over 30 mph.

Short Term Forecast - Confidence:  High.

Tonight (April 2)

A very impressive baroclinic zone is in place today.  Temperatures this afternoon ranged from the upper 60s to lower 70s from Southern Alberta and Saskatchewan Provinces south to Montana and into the Western Dakotas with 850mb temperatures of +10 to +16 C -- To the east, a much different story with temperatures in the teens, 20s and 30s along with H85 temperatures of -12 to -24 C, wow!

An area of low pressure over Southern Saskatchewan Province late this afternoon will drop southeast along a strong thermal gradient, the low should move into Southeast North Dakota toward dawn.  Partly to mostly cloudy skies will trend overcast later in the night.

Some snow will likely break out in parts of the Northland especially toward or after Midnight.  Low temperatures will be in the teens and 20s with northwest winds this evening becoming east after Midnight.

Sunday and Sunday night (April 3)

Low pressure is forecast to move into Southern Minnesota Sunday morning and to the Wisconsin-Illinois border by Sunday evening.

Snow is possible tomorrow in parts of Northern Minnesota with a lesser chance for snow from East Central Minnesota into Northwest Wisconsin.  Highs on Sunday will be in the 20s and 30s with east or north winds at 5 to 15 mph with higher gusts near Lake Superior.

Snow showers and flurries will continue Sunday night especially around Lake Superior.  Low temperatures will be in the teens and 20s with north winds at 5 to 15 mph.

Extended Forecast - Confidence:  Medium.

Monday through Wednesday (April 4-6)

Snow showers and flurries are expected to persist near Lake Superior on Monday with generally dry conditions elsewhere in the Northland.  High temperatures on Monday will range from the 20s in Northeast Minnesota to the 30s to around 40 degrees in Western-Southern areas.  Lows Monday night will be in the 20s to lower 30s with teens in far Northeast Minnesota.

The next storm to affect the Upper Midwest does so from Tuesday into Wednesday as low pressure moves east or southeast out of the Northern Plains and into the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes -- Looking at wet snow and rain in our area especially from Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday.  

Note:  The potential exists for a few inches, possibly several inches of snow in parts of the Northland from late Tuesday into Wednesday.

High temperatures on Tuesday and Wednesday are forecast to be in the 30s to around 40 degrees with lows Tuesday night mainly in the 30s.

Long Range Forecast - Confidence:  Medium to High.

(April 7-12)

Below average temperatures continue during the long range -- A chance for snow showers on Thursday (7th)  Possible rain or snow next weekend (9th-10th)


.Tonight...  Mostly clear this evening, increasing clouds late.  Light snow possible after Midnight.  Low 17 to 22.  Wind northwest at 10 to 20 mph becoming east at 5 to 10 mph late.

.Sunday...  Breezy.  Light snow possible at times.  Snowfall accumulations of around 1" or less.  High 27 to 32.  Wind east to northeast at 15 to 25 mph.

.Sunday night...  Occasional snow showers.  Low 20 to 25.  Wind north to northeast at 10 to 15 mph.

.Monday...  Occasional snow showers.  High 28 to 33.

.Monday night...  Partly to mostly cloudy.  Low 20 to 25.

.Tuesday...  Mostly cloudy.  Wet snow or rain possible during the afternoon.  Some snow accumulation possible.  High 32 to 36.

.Tuesday night...  Snow or rain possible.  Some snow accumulation possible.  Low 30 to 32.

.Wednesday...  Snow or rain possible.  Some snow accumulation possible.  High 32 to 36.

Normal temperatures for Sunday

High:  43
Low:   25

Sunrise Sunday:  6:43 AM CDT
Sunset Sunday:   7:41 PM CDT