Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Turning colder the next few days; Some snow possible this weekend; A little more snow is possible Feb 6th-8th

/Issued 5:04 PM CST, Tuesday, January 31, 2017/

Source:  http://mrcc.isws.illinois.edu/

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

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

Snowfall reports for January 30-31, 2017
Source:  http://www.weather.gov/dlh/

Libby, MN 5 SSE:  6.7"
Palisade, MN:  5.5"
Moose Lake, MN:  5.1"
Coleraine, MN 8 NNW:  5.0"
Grand Rapids, MN 7 SSW:  5.0"
Cloquet, MN 1 N:  4.5"
Chisholm, MN:  4.5"
Hermantown, MN 3 NE:  4.5" (National Weather Service total)
Taft, MN 1 E:  4.5"
Butternut, WI 6 SW:  4.2"
Superior, WI 3 SE:  4.1"
Lakeside, WI 3 WSW:  4.1"
Wright, MN 3 ENE:  4.0"
Spooner, WI 2 SE:  3.5"
Crosslake, MN 2 SW:  3.4"
Maple, WI 1 WSW:  3.4"
Clam Lake, WI 3 WNW:  3.4"
Cook, MN:  3.0"
Ashland, WI:  2.9"
Lutsen, MN 4 ENE:  2.5"
Hovland, MN:  2.4"
Knife River, MN 2 NE:  2.3"
Herbster, WI:  2.3"
Silver Bay, MN:  2.1"
Embarrass, MN:  2.0"
Hoyt Lakes, MN 1 ENE:  2.0"
International Falls, MN 1 S:  2.0"

February climate normals for Duluth, Minnesota (Airport location)
Base period:  1981-2010

Temperature:  15.1 degrees
Snowfall:  12.4"
Precipitation:  0.81"

Warmest February on record:  31.3 degrees in 1877
Coldest February on record:  -2.2 degrees in 1936

Snowiest February on record:  33.9" in 1939
Least snowiest February on record:  1.0" in 1896

Wettest February on record:  4.24" in 1922
Driest February on record:  0.10" in 1896

Normal high on the 1st:  20 degrees
Normal high on the 28th:  28 degrees

Normal low on the 1st:  2 degrees
Normal low on the 28th:  11 degrees

Average number of days with at least 0.1" snowfall:  10
Average number of days with a subzero low temperature:  10

Note:  February 2016 climate stats for Duluth, Minnesota

Average temperature:  17.3 degrees
Departure:  +2.2 degrees above normal

9 subzero nights
Departure:  -1 below normal

Total snowfall:  12.2"
Departure:  -0.2" below normal

13 days with snowfall (0.1" or greater)
Departure:  +3 above normal

Total precipitation:  0.83"
Departure:  +0.02" above normal

Astronomical data for February

Sunrise on the 1st:  7:32 AM CST
Sunrise on the 28th:  6:50 AM CST

Sunset on the 1st:  5:12 PM CST
Sunset on the 28th:  5:52 PM CST

Weather Synopsis for northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin

Monday's low pressure system which brought snow to the Northland has moved into the eastern Great Lakes this afternoon but a cold front is in the process of moving south out of Ontario Province with much colder temperatures sitting north of the border today with late afternoon temperatures in the single digits and teens along with -12 to -18 C 850mb temperatures.  South of this cold front it was a very mild day as we close out the month of January -- Highs were in the mid 20s to low/mid 30s.  Skies were partly sunny to mostly cloudy and there's been a few flurries or snow showers passing through parts of the area.

A cold front will sweep through the Northland this evening with scattered snow showers and flurries.  It will be turning much colder late tonight with cold temperatures then persisting through the end of the week.  Looks mainly dry from Wednesday through Friday and there should be a decent amount of sun the next few days.

Lows tonight will range from the single digits and teens below in northern Minnesota to the single digits and teens above zero in northwest Wisconsin.  Highs Wednesday will be in the single digits and teens with lows Wednesday night in the single digits below to single digits above zero.

The next chance for snow comes this weekend mainly from Saturday into early Sunday -- This doesn't look like a real big snow event at the moment with accumulations of around 1 or 2 inches possible.

There is another chance for snow sometime during the February 6th-8th time frame, this one could be a little more significant in parts of the upper Midwest and western Great Lakes region but there's plenty of time for things to change.  Stay tuned.

Forecast for Duluth and Superior

.Tonight...  Colder.  Breezy.  A few snow showers and flurries.  Partly to mostly cloudy.  Low 3 to 7.  Wind becoming northwest at 10 to 20 mph with higher gusts possible.

.Wednesday...  Partly cloudy.  High 7 to 12.  Wind northwest at 10 to 20 mph.

Normal temperatures for Wednesday

High:  20
Low:     2

Sunrise Wednesday:  7:32 AM CST
Sunset Wednesday:   5:12 PM CST