Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Thaw continues in the Northland through early next week; Powerful storm with possible severe weather to hit the southeast U.S. this weekend

/Issued 5:06 PM CST, Wednesday, January 18, 2017/

Visible satellite image from earlier this afternoon - Nothing but sunshine over northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin, and check out those temperatures at 1 PM today.  Source:

Tonight's low temperature forecast.  Source:

Thursday's high temperature forecast.  Source:

Note:  Several cities in the Northland topped the 40 degree mark this afternoon, see the list below.  I'm sure there were other towns in the area not on this list that also hit 40 degrees today.

Grand Rapids
Pine River
Duluth Harbor
Two Harbors
Silver Bay
Solon Springs

-The Duluth Airport made it to 40 degrees today, January 18th; 4 degrees shy of the record high temperature of 44 degrees which was set in 1891.  Today's 40 degree high temperature is the first since November 29th (42 degrees)

-International Falls was just 1 degree shy of the record high temperature for January 18th.  High today was 38 degrees, the record high is 39 degrees set in 1898.

Weather Synopsis:

Not everyone likes these winter thaws but I know at least some people do enjoy them! It was a very mild day in northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin with highs in the mid 30s to mid 40s which is roughly 20 degrees warmer than average on this 18th day of January.  There were areas of clouds and fog earlier in the day but this afternoon featured nothing but sunshine along with more haze.

*Clear to partly cloudy skies for tonight with areas of fog possible.  Lows will mainly be in the 20s but some spots could dip into the teens.

*Another mild day on Thursday but clouds will be on the increase.  Highs ranging from the 30s to lower 40s with lows Thursday night probably not falling below 30 degrees which is unseasonably warm for this time of year (Around 25-30 degrees above average!)  Might be dealing with areas of fog and drizzle in parts of the area especially by Thursday night.

*Occasional drizzle and some fog will likely occur from Friday through Sunday but temperatures will remain on the 'warm' side.  Some light rain, wet snow or a wintry mix of precipitation is also possible in northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin this weekend thanks to a deep upper level trough which will cover the Plains while a few areas of low pressure stretch from the northern Plains toward the southeast U.S.  Note:  Not expecting heavy precipitation or widespread coverage in the area this weekend.

*Some snow remains possible over the Northland sometime between next Tuesday-Thursday, January 24-26.  Still doesn't look like a major snow event for our area but a few inches of snow are possible if this system tracks far enough to the north.  Stay tuned.

Forecast for Duluth and Superior

.Tonight...  Mostly clear and hazy.  Patchy fog possible.  Low 24 to 29.  Wind south to southwest at 5 to 15 mph.

.Thursday...  Increasing cloudiness.  High 35 to 40.  Wind south to southwest at 10 to 15 mph.

Normal temperatures for Thursday

High:  19
Low:     1

Sunrise Thursday:  7:46 AM CST
Sunset Thursday:   4:53 PM CST