Friday, January 20, 2017

A mild but dreary weekend ahead - Light rain, drizzle, fog (Some wet snow/freezing rain also possible)

/Issued 5:33 PM CST, Friday, January 20, 2017/

Radar loop through 5:15 PM CST.  Source:


Note:  More rain will be developing late tonight-Saturday morning in southern Minnesota, this next wave of rain will then lift north into the Twin Ports sometime late Saturday morning or during the afternoon hours.

Heads up for next Tuesday and Wednesday, January 24-25.

Red line on map=Forecast storm track as of Friday afternoon.

Note:  The track of this low, and the area of greatest potential for 4" snowfall totals could shift further north or south in coming days.  Stay tuned.

Tonight's low temperature forecast.  Source:

Saturday's high temperature forecast.  Source:

Weather Tidbits for Duluth, Minnesota

*Today is the 5th day in a row with a high temperature of at least 32 degrees.

*8 days in a row with no snow (At least a trace of accumulation)  This is the longest streak this winter with no snow (January 12th-19th) This streak ended today with a trace of snow reported at the Duluth Airport.  By the way the previous longest stretch with no snowfall was only 2 days back on December 18th-19th.

*Two records were broken on Thursday, January 19th, 2017.  Record high temperature of 45 degrees, the old record was 44 degrees set in 1900.  Also a record warm low temperature of 31 degrees, the old record was 28 degrees set in 1988.

Here's a link to Minnesota road conditions

Here's a link to Wisconsin road conditions

Weather Synopsis:

Areas of freezing rain developed in parts of northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin this morning which resulted in some icy roads and hazardous driving conditions.  By this afternoon the majority of the precipitation had switched over to plain rain and drizzle but pockets of wet snow may have mixed in with the rain in a few areas.  Highs today were in the 30s so another day featuring well above average high temperatures.

A mild but dreary weekend ahead in northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin with occasional rain and drizzle.  Fog will also be an issue with thick fog likely at times.

An upper level trough will cover the northern Plains and upper Midwest through Sunday while low pressure lifts slowly N/NE into the upper Midwest and western Great Lakes by Sunday.  Enough lift generated by the trough and surface low will lead to a couple waves of precipitation which will pass through the Northland over the weekend.

Surface temperatures are forecast to remain warm enough to produce mainly liquid precipitation types, but pockets of near freezing surface temperatures are possible at times which could lead to scattered areas of icing due to freezing rain/freezing drizzle -- there could also be a few bursts of a rain/snow mix or a changeover to wet snow through Sunday morning.

Any snow or ice accumulation is forecast to remain on the light side through Sunday but only a light glaze of ice can cause very hazardous driving conditions (Similar to what occurred Friday morning)

Forecast for Duluth and Superior

.Tonight...  Fog and drizzle with light rain at times.  Some wet snow, freezing rain or freezing drizzle also possible especially on top of the hill.  Low 31 to 33.  Wind east at 10 to 20 mph.

.Saturday...  Fog and drizzle with light rain at times.  Some wet snow is also possible.  High 33 to 36.  Wind east at 10 to 20 mph.

Normal temperatures for Saturday

High:  19
Low:     1

Sunrise Saturday:  7:45 AM CST
Sunset Saturday:   4:56 PM CST