Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Recap of last night's snow event that hit far northern MN, and the bust for others; Arctic air the next few days; Quite a bit of severe weather over the deep south the past few days

/Issued 4:24 PM CST, Tuesday, January 3, 2017/

A deadly day on Monday over the deep south with numerous severe weather reports, including over a dozen preliminary filtered tornado reports.  4 deaths reported in Alabama.

Source:  http://www.spc.noaa.gov/

Monday, January 2, 2017 storm reports map.

Legend for the two maps below:

Red dots=Tornado reports
Blue dots=Wind reports
Green dots=Hail reports

Storm reports map for January 1, 2017.

Source:  http://www.spc.noaa.gov/

Source:  http://wx.aerisweather.com/

Wind Chill Advisory http://forecast.weather.gov/wwamap/wwatxtget.php?cwa=dlh&wwa=wind%20chill%20advisory

Lake Effect Snow Advisory (Light blue area on map) More information at this link http://forecast.weather.gov/wwamap/wwatxtget.php?cwa=dlh&wwa=lake%20effect%20snow%20advisory

Tonight's low temperature forecast.  Source:  http://graphical.weather.gov/

Wednesday's high temperature forecast.  Source:  http://graphical.weather.gov/

Snowfall reports for January 2-3, 2017
Source:  http://www.weather.gov/dlh/

Indus, MN 3 W:  10.5"
Silver Bay, MN:  10.0"
Elbow Lake, MN 5 SSW:  10.0"
Littlefork, MN:  9.0"
Kabetogama, MN 2 SSW:  9.2"
Gheen, MN:  8.0"

International Falls, MN 1 SSE:  7.8"
Finland, MN 3 SE:  7.4"
Zemple, MN 4 ENE:  7.2"
Little Marais, MN:  7.0"
Tofte, MN 5 NE:  6.9"
Winton, MN:  6.1"

Cohasset, MN:  6.0"
Remer, MN:  6.0"
Chisholm, MN:  5.2"
Embarrass, MN:  5.0"
Babbitt, MN:  4.7"
Brimson, MN:  4.5"

Grand Portage, MN:  4.0"
Grand Marais, MN 21 N:  3.8"
Hoyt Lakes, MN:  3.5"
Grand Rapids, MN 7 SE:  3.3"
Brainerd, MN:  3.0"
Aitkin, MN:  2.8"

Mahtowa, MN 3 N:  2.5"
Proctor, MN:  2.5"
Duluth, MN 2 NW:  2.4"
Beaver Bay, MN:  2.0"
Jay Cooke State Park, MN:  2.0"
Bruno, MN 4 NE:  2.0"

Moose Lake, MN:  1.9"
Hermantown, MN 3 NE:  1.7"
Wentworth, WI 5 NW:  1.5"
Hayward, WI 9 NNE:  1.4"
Barnes WI 2 S:  1.3"
E Superior, WI:  1.0"
Bennett, WI:  1.0"
Two Harbors, MN 1 NW:  1.0"

Note:  Last night's snow event ended up being a flop for most of the Northland outside of the far northern part of Minnesota where snow totals of 6-10" did occur -- Duluth only picked up between 1-2" of snow which was far less than what I was predicting which was 4-6" (Fail)

Weather Synopsis:

A surface and upper level level low was churning east as it was centered just north of Minnesota this afternoon while arctic high pressure builds into the northern Rockies.  Increasing wind and falling temperatures were the main weather stories in our area today -- Early morning temperatures in the 20s and lower 30s dropped into the single digits and teens this afternoon.  Winds shifted to the west while increasing to 15 to 25 mph with higher gusts which has led to some blowing and drifting snow today.  Lingering light snow and flurries have been occurring today over far northern Minnesota with partly to mostly cloudy skies with a stray flurry elsewhere.

*We had a nice break from widespread arctic air recently, but the cold air has returned and it will be with us for a few days, nothing record breaking, and probably not as cold as what we had back in mid December, but still chilly and with the wind, the wind chill will fall to dangerous levels at times especially at night and during the morning hours.

*Partly to mostly cloudy skies are expected through Wednesday night with flurries or light snow showers possible especially tonight.

*Low temperatures will range from the single digits below to 20s below zero tonight and Wednesday night with highs on Wednesday in the single digits below to single digits above zero.

*W-NW flow coming off Lake Superior will cause lake effect snow showers through Wednesday afternoon over Iron County in northwest Wisconsin.  Lake effect snow showers could also affect northern portions of Bayfield County.

Forecast for Duluth and Superior

Event:  *Wind Chill Advisory for Duluth*
Timing:  Midnight tonight to Noon CST Wednesday

.Tonight...  Breezy with some blowing snow.  Very cold.  Partly to mostly cloudy.  Flurries possible.  Low 6 below to 11 below.  Wind west at 10 to 20 mph with higher gusts.  Wind chills 20 below to 35 below.

.Wednesday...  Very cold.  Partly to mostly cloudy.  High 0 to 5 below.  Wind west to northwest at 10 to 20 mph.  Morning wind chills 20 below to 35 below.

Normal temperatures for Wednesday

High:  19
Low:     2

Sunrise Wednesday:  7:53 AM CST 
Sunset Wednesday:   4:34 PM CST