Friday, November 18, 2016

Powerful/dangerous winter storm continues tonight. Power outages, very heavy snow, wind damage, sleet, rain and thunder reported in the Northland today

/Issued 5:13 PM CST, Friday, November 18, 2016/ If you need help with snow removal check out ATK Duluth.

Upper Midwest radar loop thru 4:45 PM CST today.  Source:

Water vapor satellite imagery from late this afternoon, Friday, November 18, 2016.



More information on the various winter weather headlines can be found at the links below.

Blizzard warning

Winter storm warning

Winter weather advisory

Power outage update as of 5 PM

Lake Country Power:  259 outages affecting 8,205 customers.
Link to the outage map

Minnesota Power outage map

November 18, 2016 Storm Summary:

*Prior to today it had been over 3 years since the NWS Duluth office issued a Storm Warning for the Nearshore waters of western Lake Superior.

Check out some of these wind gusts at 4 PM today from around Minnesota

Twin Cities:  58 mph
Crystal:  52 mph
Fergus Falls:  47 mph
Duluth Airport and Duluth Harbor:  40 mph

*Preliminary snowfall reports for November 18, 2016*
Source:  NWS Duluth, Minnesota

Leader, MN 5 E:  20.0" (Branches down)
Orr, MN 3 E:  19.1"
Chisholm, MN:  17.2"
Bigfork, MN:  16.0"

Blackberry, MN 2 SW:  15.0"
Chisholm, MN 4 N:  16.0"
Lake Shore, MN:  15.5"
Keewatin, MN:  15.0"

Grand Rapids, MN:  14.0"
Wolford, MN 1 ENE:  9.0"
Two Harbors, MN 5 NW:  2.3"
Holyoke, MN 2 E:  2.0" (Large trees and branches down as well)
Duluth, MN (Airport)  1.5"  Note:  Total thru 4 PM today.

Well the first winter storm of the season was a whopper for some! I think this one was an overachiever in portions of north central into northeast Minnesota.  Low pressure averaging 996mb was centered along the Wisconsin/Upper Michigan border at 4 PM today - This low will continue to move off to the northeast tonight.

A persistent band of moderate to heavy snow occurred most of the day in parts of north central and northeast Minnesota -- This band of snow was generally along and east of a line from Brainerd to International Falls, and along and west of a line from Ely to McGrath -- Underneath this snow band, snowfall rates of 1" to nearly 3" an hour were common.

To the east of this heavy band of snow was a mixture of precipitation types...Including sleet and even patchy freezing rain from the Twin Ports south to Moose Lake.  Thunderstorms even moved through the Duluth area around Noon today.

Far northwest Wisconsin has also seen a variety of wild weather today with thunderstorms, rain, sleet and snow.

The greatest snowfall accumulations remained west and north of Duluth which was expected all along.  Snowfall totals on top of the hill have been less than what I was forecasting (Thus far) but we still have the next few hours to see how much more snow will get.  Note:  So far the Duluth Airport has only picked up 1.5" of snow thru 4 PM today, I'm thinking will be able to add another 1-3" before the snow tapers off later this evening.

Snow totals below the hill in Duluth (Lower elevation areas) is about what I've been expecting.  I was surprised though to see the amount of sleet/freezing rain that did occur late this morning-early this afternoon below the hill in Duluth.

The other big story today were the howling north winds which gusted to 55 mph at the Duluth Harbor just before Noon today.  Widespread 15-30 mph winds have been occurring in northeast Minnesota today with gusts exceeding 40 mph!

Times of whiteout and blizzard conditions developed this afternoon and will continue this evening in parts of north central and northeast Minnesota due to the combination of falling and blowing snow.

The snow will gradually taper off from west-east in northeastern Minnesota tonight but gusty winds will continue to produce areas of blowing and drifting snow even after the snow ends.

In northwest Wisconsin expect areas of snow and rain which will shift over to snow as cold air pours in behind today's storm.

The big story this weekend will be the first taste of winter like temperatures -- Lows tonight will be in the teens and 20s but single digits are possible in parts of northern Minnesota.  Highs on Saturday and Sunday will be in the 20s with lows Saturday night in the single digits and teens with subzero lows quite possible in parts of northern Minnesota.

Wind chills (Feels like temperatures) will be in the single digits below to teens above zero tonight and Saturday morning.