Saturday, January 28, 2017

A couple inches of snow on the way for Monday. Cooler temperatures tonight and Sunday with a few flurries

/Issued 6:06 PM CST, Saturday, January 28, 2017/

Here's my preliminary snowfall accumulation map for Monday and Monday night.

Should have a fairly impressive temperature gradient over Minnesota on Monday with temperatures approaching 40 degrees (Possibly into the 40s)  across the southwest half of Minnesota while 20s cover northern Minnesota -- Snow will develop on Monday thanks in part to this temperature contrast that'll be in place.

Lake Effect Snow Advisory in effect for Iron County in northwest Wisconsin.

Tonight's low temperature forecast.  Source:

Sunday's high temperature forecast.  Source:

Weather Synopsis for northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin

A breezy day as west or northwest winds increased to 10 to 20 mph with higher gusts otherwise not a bad late January day with partly sunny to mostly cloudy skies with a few flurries.  Highs were generally in the 20s so still slightly above average for this time of year.

There will be a cold front draped over the Northland tonight and Sunday morning, this front will then push a little more to the west/south Sunday afternoon.  A few flurries are possible in our area tonight and tomorrow morning with mainly dry weather expected Sunday afternoon/night.

Partly to mostly cloudy skies are expected through Sunday.  Lows tonight will be in the single digits and teens with highs Sunday in the teens and 20s.  Lows Sunday night will range from around zero in far northeast Minnesota to around 20 toward the Brainerd Lakes.

Lake effect snow showers are likely along the South Shore of Lake Superior in northwest Wisconsin through Sunday evening thanks to a favorable N/NW wind direction and cold air moving over Lake Superior -- Snowfall accumulations of 3 to 6 inches are expected over Iron County including the cities of Gile, Upson and Hurley where a Lake Effect Snow Advisory is in effect through 3 PM CST Sunday.  Expect snow covered roads and reduced visibility in the snowbelt region in Iron County.

A clipper system is still expected to affect the Northland on Monday.  Low pressure will track southeast into north central Minnesota Monday afternoon, then will exit north central Minnesota to the south/east Monday night.  Snow should accompany this low as it passes through northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin.  A general 1-4 inches of snow accumulation looks likely at the moment with the highest snow totals of 3 to 4 inches setting up in portions of north central and east central Minnesota including the Twin Ports and also in parts of northwest Wisconsin based on the expected track of the low per today's model runs.  There could also be some lake enhanced snow on Monday along the North Shore of Lake Superior as a S/SE wind develops.

Forecast for Duluth and Superior

.Tonight...  Partly to mostly cloudy.  A few flurries possible.  Low 11 to 14.  Wind northwest at 10 to 20 mph.

.Sunday...  Partly to mostly cloudy.  A few flurries possible mainly during the morning.  High 14 to 19.  Wind northwest at 10 to 20 mph.

Normal temperatures for Sunday

High:  20
Low:     2

Sunrise Sunday:  7:36 AM CST
Sunset Sunday:   5:08 PM CST