Thursday, January 19, 2017

Record warmth today at Duluth and International Falls, Minnesota. Fog develops tonight; Rain and wet snow on the way for Friday

/Issued 4:54 PM CST, Thursday, January 19, 2017/

*Record high temperature at Duluth, Minnesota today, January 19th, 2017

New record:  45 degrees
Old record:  44 degrees set in 1900

*Record high temperature tied at International Falls, Minnesota today, January 19th, 2017

High temperature 40 degrees - ties the record from 1908.


Tonight's low temperature forecast.  Source:

Friday's high temperature forecast.  Source:

Weather Synopsis:

Very warm temperatures over the Northland today with many locations getting into the 40s, with a few locales like Superior and Ashland making a run at 50 degrees this afternoon!  The only 'cool' spot was around the Iron Range and over the Arrowhead where temperatures were in the 30s.  Haze was widespread again today, and low clouds and fog were a problem this morning but by this afternoon most of that had eroded leading to quite a bit of sunshine, however, pockets of fog and low clouds lingered over parts of northeast Minnesota especially around the Hibbing, Eveleth and Grand Marais areas.

*Were entering into a gloomier stretch of weather -- This will begin tonight and will likely continue through Sunday (Possibly longer) Temperatures, however, will remain unseasonably mild, especially the nighttime lows which will run ~30 degrees warmer than average while the daytime highs are forecast to be 15-25 degrees warmer than average through the weekend.

*An upper level trough will cover the Plains through Sunday while a few areas of low pressure lift N/NE through the northern Plains and upper Midwest -- Enough lift will be present thanks to the approaching upper trough and surface lows to generate a couple rounds of mostly light precipitation in northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin.  Precipitation will begin in southern areas late tonight and will spread north on Friday with additional rounds of light precipitation expected from Friday evening, Saturday into Sunday.

*Surface temperatures will for the most part remain warm enough to produce mainly light rain and drizzle, but there will be times where the surface temperature will be close to the freezing mark, and that is when there could be a wintry mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain/freezing drizzle.

*Ice and snow accumulations are forecast to remain on the light side through Sunday but it doesn't take a lot of ice to cause hazardous driving conditions, just a light glaze of ice will turn untreated surfaces into a skating rink!

*Low temperatures tonight will be in the 20s and 30s with temperatures Friday, Friday night and Saturday mainly in the 30s.

*I'm still keeping an eye on the system for next Tuesday-Wednesday (24th-25th) if it tracks far enough to the north, then it will bring a few inches of snow to northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin, but if it stays on a more southern track then only a few flurries would affect our area with the accumulating snow down in southern portions of Minnesota.  Computer models are split right now with some taking the low more to the north while others keep the low further to the south.  Stay tuned.

Forecast for Duluth and Superior

.Tonight...  Clear early with increasing cloudiness during the night.  Areas of fog developing.  Patchy drizzle also possible.  Low 30 to 33.  Wind south to southeast around 10 mph.

.Friday...  Light rain and drizzle with some fog.  Wet snow is also possible especially later in the day.  High 33 to 36.  Wind east at 10 to 20 mph.

Normal temperatures for Friday

High:  19
Low:     1

Sunrise Friday:  7:46 AM CST
Sunset Friday:   4:55 PM CST