Monday, December 26, 2016

Recap of the powerful Christmas storm; Snowfall and storm reports in this post. Keeping an eye on a late week clipper, and possibly a bigger storm for early next week

/Issued 7:52 PM CST, Monday, December 26, 2016/

The next chance for a potentially significant amount of snow looks to be early next week, around the 2nd-3rd, of course with it being about a week away the storm track and snow area will probably shift around a bit in coming days.

Looks like will be dealing with some arctic air (Subzero temperatures) by the middle of next week, until then temperatures don't look terribly cold as we close out the month of December on Saturday.

Tonight's low temperature forecast.  Source:

Tuesday's high temperature forecast.  Source:

Peak wind gusts around Minnesota during the past 24 hours
Source:  National Weather Service Sioux Falls, SD; Duluth, MN

Marshall:  74 mph
Jeffers 4 ENE:  71 mph
Worthington:  68 mph
Redwood Falls:  66 mph
Slayton:  64 mph
Tracy:  60 mph
Windom:  60 mph
Duluth Airport:  51 mph

Temperatures took a nose dive in Duluth today

6 AM:  38 F
12 PM:  20 F

Note:  The temperature of 38 degrees at 6 AM was within 5 degrees of the record high temperature of 43 degrees for December 26th (This record was set just a few years ago in 2011)

Local Storm Reports for December 25-26
Source:  National Weather Service Duluth, MN

*7:45 AM CST 12/26/16 -- Lakeside, WI 3 WSW (Douglas County)  Non-Thunderstorm Wind Damage.  Tall spruce tree blown down.

*10:00 PM CST 12/25/16 -- Walker, MN (Cass County)  Ice Storm.  Lots of trees and power lines down mainly across southern portions of the county.

*7:40 PM CST 12/25/16 -- Silver Bay, MN 1 SE (Lake County)  Non-Thunderstorm Wind Gust.  42 mph.

*10:30 PM CST 12/25/16 -- Proctor, MN (St. Louis County)  Freezing Rain.  0.15 inch

*4:25 PM CST 12/25/16 -- Phillips, WI 3 W (Price County)  Freezing Rain.  0.13 inch

*9:00 PM CST 12/25/16 -- Sand Bay, WI 13 NE (Ashland County)  Non-Thunderstorm Wind Gust.  51 mph.  Buoy station Devils Island.

*10:00 PM CST 12/25/16 -- Brainerd, MN (Crow Wing County)  Ice Storm.  Lots of trees down throughout Crow Wing County due to ice.

*9:15 PM CST 12/25/16 -- Brainerd, MN 1 ENE (Crow Wing County)  Freezing Rain.  0.30 inch.

*10:00 PM CST 12/25/16 -- Aitkin, MN (Aitkin County)  Ice Storm.  Lots of tree damage throughout the county.

Snowfall totals for December 25-26, 2016
Source:  National Weather Service Duluth, MN

Silver Bay, MN:  5.1"
Lutsen, MN 3 ENE:  4.5"
Wolf Ridge, MN:  4.2"
Isabella, MN 14 W:  4.0"
Grand Marais, MN 4 W:  4.0"
Grand Marais, MN 21 N:  3.0"
Arnold, MN 4 NW:  3.0"
Togo, MN:  2.0"
Embarrass, MN:  2.0"

Summary of the Christmas storm 2016

A powerful area of low pressure tracked northeast out of Colorado and into western Minnesota between Sunday morning and Monday morning, December 25-26 -- This storm brought widespread strong winds to the northern Plains and upper Midwest with wind gusts of 40-70+ mph reported in parts of Nebraska, South Dakota and Minnesota.

A blizzard hit portions of the Dakotas with major interstates shut down due to the dangerous winter weather conditions.

This storm brought a wintry mix of sleet, freezing rain and snow to northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin from late Sunday afternoon through early Monday morning with a few inches of sleet accumulation and some snow accumulation farther north.

A significant ice storm affected portions of east central Minnesota, especially around the Brainerd Lakes area.

Overall I think the forecast impacts of this storm went well, however, I thought there'd be a little more snow than there was Sunday evening,  but sleet and freezing rain ended up being the main precipitation type which cut back on the snow totals especially around the Duluth area.

This week's weather for the Northland

*Lingering snow showers and flurries with gusty winds tonight.  Areas of blowing and drifting snow will persist along with fair to poor driving conditions as roads remain snow, ice and slush covered in some parts of the area.

*Could get some breaks in the clouds late tonight and Tuesday.

*Occasional flurries/snow showers Wednesday and Thursday, not expecting much snow with this event, maybe a dusting to an inch at most.

*Clipper could affect us Friday or Saturday, if it takes a favorable track, then there could be a swath of about 1-3" of snow for some parts of the area.

Duluth climate normals for Tuesday

High:  20
Low:     4

Sunrise Tuesday:  7:53 AM CST
Sunset Tuesday:   4:27 PM CST