Saturday, December 31, 2016

Happy New Year! Skiff of snow tonight; Nice first day of 2017; Some snow Mon-Tue (Winter Storm Watch issued for parts of the Northland)

/Issued 6:35 PM CST, Saturday, December 31, 2016/



Blue=Winter Storm Watch, more information at this link

Here's my preliminary snowfall forecast for the Sunday night-Tuesday time frame.  Changes to this map are possible before Monday.

Tonight's low temperature forecast.  Source:

Sunday's high temperature forecast.  Source:

Snowfall reports for December 30-31, 2016

Grand Portage, MN:  6.0"
Lutsen, MN 5 NNE:  5.0"
Hovland, MN:  4.3"
Snow Bank Lake, MN 6 SW:  4.0"
Kabetogama, MN 2 SSW:  3.6"

International Falls, MN 1 SSE:  3.4"
Sand Bay, WI 3 E:  2.6"
Winton, MN:  2.6"
Finland, MN 1 S:  2.5"
Two Harbors, MN 1 NW:  2.5"

Ely, MN:  2.2"
Embarrass, MN:  2.0"
Gile, WI:  2.0"
Cook, MN:  1.5"
Gary New Duluth, MN 2 NNW:  1.5"

Ashland, WI:  1.3"
Superior, WI 3 SE:  1.2"
Duluth, MN (National Weather Service)  1.1"
Larsmont, MN:  1.0"

Weather Synopsis:

A windy morning with areas of blowing and drifting snow as last night's clipper moved into eastern Canada. winds decreased this afternoon with partly to mostly sunny skies.  Highs were generally in the teens to around 20 degrees which is pretty close to normal for the final day of December.

*A progressive pattern is in place with the next fast moving disturbance moving through the Northland tonight which will bring a brief period of light snow and flurries to northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin.  Lows will be in the single digits and teens with west or southwest winds at 10 to 15 mph.

*Cold front is forecast to be over northern Minnesota Sunday morning, this boundary is then expected to settle further south extending from southwest Minnesota to northern Wisconsin by Sunday night.  Mainly dry tomorrow as 2017 gets underway! Partly to mostly cloudy skies are forecast with highs mainly in the 20s except in far northern Minnesota where highs could remain in the mid/upper teens.  Some snow is forecast to break out Sunday night with lows in the teens and 20s.

Forecast for Duluth and Superior

Event:  *Winter Storm Watch for Duluth*
Timing:  Sunday evening through Tuesday afternoon

Event:  *Winter Storm Watch for Superior*
Timing:  Monday morning through late Tuesday night

.Tonight...  Mostly cloudy.  Some light snow or flurries possible.  Total snowfall accumulation less than 1".  Low 14 to 19.  Wind southwest at 10 to 15 mph.

New Year's Day...  Partly to mostly cloudy.  High 20 to 25.  Wind west at 10 to 15 mph becoming variable later in the day.

Normal temperatures for Sunday

High:  19
Low:     3

Sunrise Sunday:  7:53 AM CST
Sunset Sunday:   4:31 PM CST