Monday, January 30, 2017

About 1-4 inches of snow reported in the Northland today. Mild on Tuesday with highs near 30; Spits of snow linger tonight-Tue (1" or less of additional accumulation)

/Issued 4:16 PM CST, Monday, January 30, 2017/


Water vapor satellite image from late this afternoon

Low pressure (Red L on map at 4 PM today) Storm track is the red line on map.

Upper midwest radar loop ending at 4 PM CST today.  Source:

Steadier snow is done in northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin as of late this afternoon but do expect additional snow showers to pass through the area from northwest-southeast through the night.

Tonight's low temperature forecast.  Source:

Tuesday's high temperature forecast.

Snowfall reports from today, January 30, 2017

Marcell, MN:  4.5"
Cass Lake, MN 1 WNW:  4.3"
Moose Lake, MN:  4.0"
Superior, WI 1 E:  4.0"
Seeley, WI 2 NW:  4.0"
Holyoke, MN 2 E:  3.7"
Duluth, MN 3 NE:  3.6"
Springbrook, WI:  3.5"
Coleraine, MN 8 WNW:  3.0"
Trego, WI 3 NW:  3.0"
Leonidas, MN 3 W:  3.0"
Hermantown, MN 3 NE:  2.8" (National Weather Service total)
Cloquet, MN:  2.7"
Bruno, MN 3 SSW:  2.5"
Bennett, WI:  2.3"
Two Harbors, MN 1 NW:  1.5"
Washburn, WI 1 W:  1.1"

Link to Minnesota road conditions

Link to Wisconsin road conditions

Weather Synopsis for northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin

It snowed today so that part of the forecast verified nicely.  Snow totals were greatest along and south of Highway 2 with reports of about 2 to 4 inches of snow, while north of Highway 2 snow totals were generally around 2 inches or less.

Today's system is a potent one with widespread 90-120 meter 12-hour 500mb height falls covering the northern Plains and upper Midwest.  There's a good baroclinic zone in place this afternoon with 40s covering the southwest half of Minnesota with teens and 20s found over northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin.  The center of the area of low pressure at 3 PM was northwest of Minneapolis and is continuing to dive toward the SE.

Mostly cloudy skies are expected to cover the Northland through Tuesday with some more light snow and flurries but additional snow accumulations should remain in the half inch to one inch range at best.  Roads are snow covered and slippery late this afternoon and they likely will remain that way into Tuesday morning.

Low pressure over east central Minnesota late this afternoon will move over southern Lake Michigan by dawn Tuesday -- A secondary low will track through Ontario Province while a cold front drops south and through the Northland on Tuesday.

Lows tonight will be in the teens and 20s with highs Tuesday in the upper 20s to low/mid 30s.

Note:  Colder air will move into the area mid to late week with daytime highs in the single digits and teens with lows in the single digits below to single digits above zero.

Could be another light snowfall event this weekend but right now this doesn't look like much, maybe an inch or two of snow in northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin from Saturday afternoon into Sunday morning.

Forecast for Duluth and Superior

.Tonight...  Mostly cloudy.  Snow showers and flurries.  Less than one inch of additional accumulation.  Low 18 to 23.  Wind east at 5 to 15 mph becoming northwest at 10 to 20 mph.

.Tuesday...  Considerable cloudiness.  Scattered snow showers and flurries.  High 29 to 34.  Wind west at 10 to 20 mph.

Normal temperatures for Tuesday

High:  20
Low:     2

Sunrise Tuesday:  7:34 AM CST
Sunset Tuesday:   5:11 PM CST