Thursday, December 1, 2016

Mild for now but much colder temperatures on the way mid/late next week; Not much snow anytime soon

/Issued 4:37 PM CST, Thursday, December 1, 2016/


Tonight's low temperature forecast.  Source:

Friday's high temperature forecast.  Source:

Weather Summary for northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin

More of the same! Generally mostly cloudy skies across the area today although there were a few breaks in the clouds for brief periods of time which allowed for a peek of sun but these were few and far between.

A gravity wave developed early this morning which brought some snow or a rain-snow mix to portions of the North Shore and South Shore of Lake Superior but this band of precipitation faded away by mid morning.

This afternoon has featured some patchy flurries, drizzle or spotty freezing drizzle with temperatures in the upper 20s to lower 30s.  Winds were out of the north or northwest at 10 to 20 mph.

Forecast Discussion for northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin

.Short Term Forecast...

Tonight (December 1)

Mostly cloudy skies with patchy flurries/spotty freezing drizzle possible.  Lows in the 20s with teens possible in northern Minnesota.  Winds will be out of the north or northwest at 10 to 15 mph.

Friday (December 2)

Can't rule out a few breaks in the clouds but overall expecting mostly cloudy skies once again.  Could be a few flurries or patchy freezing drizzle around especially in the morning.  Highs in the upper 20s to low 30s with lows Friday night in the 20s to around 30 degrees.  Winds will be out of the northwest at 10 to 15 mph.

Synopsis:  Not much to talk about through Saturday with high pressure in control.

.Extended Forecast...

Saturday (December 3)

Hoping for a bit more sunshine on Saturday but will see how that goes -- Partly to mostly cloudy skies with highs near 30 degrees, lows Saturday night in the 20s to around 30.

Sunday (December 4)

Low pressure and a cold front move across the Upper Midwest -- This system should bring a little bit of light snow or perhaps a rain-snow mix to the Northland.  Not expecting much in the way of snow accumulations with this system, perhaps a half inch or so in spots.  Still mild with highs on Sunday in the 30s.

Note:  As for next week -- The potential for a larger storm which wasn't the greatest to begin with is even less of a threat for our area in today's model runs...It appears that the cold/arctic air will win out and force any system that may develop well to our south/east.  But, before the cold air hits, there could be a minor snow event or two sometime between Monday-Thursday (5th-8th) but again any snow that we get looks fairly light.  Of course with this being several days away things could change a bit, but for now I'm not expecting much snow around here next week.

Forecast for Duluth and Superior

.Tonight...  Mostly cloudy.  Flurries and perhaps some spotty freezing drizzle.  Low 25 to 30.  Wind northwest at 10 to 20 mph.

.Friday...  Considerable cloudiness.  High 30 to 33.  Wind northwest at 10 to 20 mph.

Normal temperatures for Friday

High:  27
Low:   13

Sunrise Friday:  7:34 AM CST
Sunset Friday:   4:21 PM CST