Friday, January 13, 2017

-39 F at International Falls, MN this morning (3 degrees shy of the record low of -42 F set in 2009) Milder temps this weekend; Possible light snow/wintry mix in parts of the Northland next Mon-Tue

/Issued 5:30 PM CST, Friday, January 13, 2017/

The storm which will produce widespread, potentially significant amounts of ice over portions of the central Plains this weekend will eventually lift up toward the southern Great Lakes or even farther west/north for early next week -- If this storm tracks farther north, then there will be a greater chance for some snow or a mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain in east central Minnesota, northwest Wisconsin and in the Twin Ports next Monday and Tuesday.

Minnesota snow depth map as of January 12, 2017.  Source:

Note:  Snow depth text reports for northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin can be found a little further down in this post.

Tonight's low temperature forecast.  Source:

Saturday's high temperature forecast.  Source:

Low temperature reports from Friday morning, January 13, 2017

Embarrass, MN:  -42 F
Effie, MN 7 E:  -41 F
Cotton, MN 3 SE:  -41 F
Togo, MN:  -40 F
Ash Lake, MN 5 NW:  -40 F
International Falls, MN:  -39 F
Littlefork, MN:  -38 F
Tower, MN 3 S:  -36 F
Chisholm-Hibbing, MN (Airport)  -36 F
Bigfork, MN:  -36 F
Ely, MN:  -35 F
Northome, MN:  -35 F
Crane Lake, MN:  -35 F
Longville, MN (Airport)  -33 F
Pine River, MN (Airport)  -33 F
Kettle River, MN:  -32 F
Brainerd, MN (Airport)  -32 F
Wright, MN 3 E:  -31 F
Silver Bay, MN:  -29 F
Bruno, MN:  -28 F
Brule, WI 11 SSE:  -28 F
Phillips, WI:  -27 F
Oliver, WI 2 ENE:  -27 F
Siren, WI:  -27 F
Aitkin, MN (Airport)  -27 F
Glidden, WI:  -26 F
Hayward, WI:  -25 F
Hermantown, MN 3 NNE:  -23 F
Cloquet, MN:  -22 F
Duluth, MN 2 WNW:  -22 F
Park Falls, WI:  -22 F
Proctor, MN 2 SW:  -22 F
Duluth, MN (Airport)  -21 F
Superior, WI (Airport)  -19 F
Two Harbors, MN:  -18 F
Sky Harbor, MN:  -15 F

Wind chill reports from Friday morning, January 13, 2017

Birchdale, MN 1 E:  -55 F
International Falls, MN:  -53 F
Margie, MN 3 ENE:  -50 F
Schley, MN 2 W:  -46 F
Cotton, MN 2 NNW:  -45 F
Littlefork, MN:  -45 F
Grand Marais, MN (Airport)  -43 F
Grand Rapids, MN (Airport)  -42 F
Duluth Airport:  -38 F

Snow depth reports as of January 13, 2017

Duluth Airport:  13"
International Falls, MN:  17"
Brainerd, MN 7 NW:  11"
Isle, MN 12 N:  11"
Wright, MN 3 E:  10"
Cass Lake, MN:  14"
Grand Rapids, MN 12 N:  13"
Northome, MN:  17"
Togo, MN:  20"
Cook, MN:  20"
Cotton, MN:  13"
Duluth, MN (National Weather Service)  13"
Embarrass, MN:  13"
Ely, MN:  21"
Floodwood, MN:  12"
Grand Portage, MN:  16"
Island Lake, MN 4 E:  16"
Kabetogama, MN:  22"
Hurley, WI:  17"
Park Falls, WI:  13"
Clam Lake, WI 4 W:  13"
Winter, WI:  10"

Weather Synopsis:

A sunny morning and early afternoon but clouds have been on the increase from west to east across the Northland from mid to late afternoon as warmer air begins to move over the cold arctic airmass.  Highs today ranged from around zero to the single digits above zero.

*No weather troubles this weekend in northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin due to a strong area of high pressure which will remain over the upper Midwest and Great Lakes.  Partly to mostly cloudy skies tonight (A few snow flurries possible)  Lows in the single digits below to single digits above zero but teens below are possible in the typical cold spots.  Mostly sunny skies for Saturday with highs in the teens, possibly up near 20 degrees in a few locales.  Lows Saturday night will be in the single digits below to single digits above zero with highs on Sunday getting into the 20s throughout the entire Northland.

*Still tracking a thaw for the middle of next week which should carry over into next weekend (18th-22nd) Daytime highs here in northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin should be in the 30s, perhaps even a little warmer than that! There is also a chance for some rain, drizzle and fog by next weekend as will have some snow melt taking place, plus additional moisture lifting north as low pressure develops over the northern and central Plains.

Forecast for Duluth and Superior

.Tonight...  A few flurries possible this evening under mostly cloudy skies, some clearing late.  Low 2 below to 3 above zero.  Wind south to southwest around 10 mph.

.Saturday...  Partly cloudy.  High 15 to 20.  Wind west to southwest at 10 to 15 mph.

Normal temperatures for Saturday

High:  19
Low:     1

Sunrise Saturday:  7:49 AM CST
Sunset Saturday:   4:46 PM CST