Thursday, January 12, 2017

Peak wind gust of 44 mph at the Duluth Airport today, winds R-E-L-A-X late tonight; Bitterly cold tonight and Friday (Wind chill advisory in effect for the entire Northland through Noon Friday)

/Issued 5:12 PM CST, Thursday, January 12, 2017/

Friday morning low temperatures per 21z RAP model.  Source:


More information at the links below.

Wind Chill Advisory

Wind Chill Warning

Tonight's low temperature forecast.  Source:

Friday's high temperature forecast.  Source:

A thaw next week, and maybe even some rain next weekend?  Take the map below with a grain of salt since this is still about a week away.

Low temperature reports from this morning, January 12, 2017

Embarrass, MN:  -32 F
Chisholm-Hibbing, MN (Airport)  -31 F
Silver Bay, MN:  -29 F
Cotton, MN 2 NNW:  -29 F
Makinen, MN:  -26 F
Crane Lake, MN:  -26 F
Kettle River, MN:  -25 F
Ely, MN:  -24 F
Moose Lake, MN 2 SW:  -24 F
Twig, MN 3 WNW:  -24 F
Longville, MN (Airport)  -24 F
Cook, MN:  -24 F
International Falls, MN:  -24 F
Oliver, WI 2 ENE:  -23 F
Pine River, MN (Airport)  -22 F
Aitkin, MN (Airport)  -22 F
Scanlon, MN:  -21 F
Littlefork, MN:  -20 F
South Range, WI 4 SSE:  -20 F
Orr, MN:  -20 F
Bigfork, MN:  -20 F

Twin Ports area low temperatures from Thursday morning

Duluth Airport:  -15 F
National Weather Service Duluth:  -14 F
Superior, WI:  -14 F
Sky Harbor:  -8 F

Weather Synopsis:

It's a windy one! A strong cold front swept through the area today with a wind shift to the west occurring behind the front -- Strong pressure rises of 3-5mb/2 hours combined with a lot of cold air advection helped to produce very gusty winds over the Northland especially from late morning into the afternoon hours, wind speeds ranged from 15 to 25 mph but gusts of 30-45 mph have occurred.  Areas of blowing and drifting snow affected much of the area today because of the strong winds.  Highs today were generally in the single digits and lower teens.

-Bitterly cold tonight under clear to partly cloudy skies.  Lows will be in the teens, 20s and 30s below zero but the typical cold spots in northern Minnesota will probably flirt with 40 below zero.  Brisk winds out of the west, northwest or southwest will continue this evening with areas of blowing and drifting snow.  Winds will R-E-L-A-X a bit after midnight.  Wind speeds 15 to 30 mph, gusts to 40 mph this evening, decreasing to 5 to 15 mph overnight.

-Still very cold on Friday but there should be a good deal of sun.  Highs in the single digits below to single digits above zero with winds turning to the south as strong arctic high pressure ~1050mb begins to shift off to the south/east.  Lows Friday night will be in the single digits below to single digits above zero.

-This weekend looks dry in northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin with highs in the teens on Saturday, and getting into the 20s on Sunday.  Still chilly Saturday night although not as cold as it will be tonight but subzero lows are expected in parts of the area.

Note:  A potentially major/widespread ice storm is forecast to hit the central Plains including parts of the following states -- Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Iowa -- This storm will begin on Friday and will persist into early next week.  The low pressure system responsible for this freezing rain event is forecast to lift northeast toward the southern/central Great Lakes next Monday-Tuesday (16th-17th) At the moment it looks like this system will remain far enough to the south to bring any wintry precipitation to the Northland early next week but the track of this storm could shift slightly more to the north in coming days, and if it does then a light snow/wintry mix could hit portions of the area.

Forecast for Duluth and Superior

Event:  *Wind Chill Advisory*
Timing:  Until Noon CST Friday

.Tonight...  Bitterly cold.  Mostly clear.  Windy this evening with areas of blowing snow.  Low 17 below to 22 below.  Wind west at 15 to 30 mph decreasing to 10 to 15 mph late.  Wind chills 25 below to 35 below.

.Friday...  Very cold.  Mostly sunny.  High 0 to 5 above.  Wind south to southwest at 10 to 15 mph.  Morning wind chills 25 below to 35 below.

Normal temperatures for Friday

High:  19
Low:     1

Sunrise Friday:  7:50 AM CST
Sunset Friday:   4:45 PM CST