Monday, February 20, 2017

0.25" to 0.50"+ rain totals in the Northland today. Rain and fog continues this evening; 40s and 50s with some afternoon sun for Tuesday

/Issued 4:47 PM CST, Monday, February 20, 2017/

All those colored dots on the image below represent lightning strikes from today, February 20th, 2017.  Source:

Tonight's low temperature forecast.  Source:

Tuesday's high temperature forecast.  Source:

If you don't want snow, well you're in luck, the system for late this week continues to trend south meaning little if any snow for northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin.  For those wanting a snowstorm just remember there's still March and even April to get a good size snowstorm around here.  This just hasn't been our winter for a large snow event around here.

Preliminary rainfall reports from February 20, 2017

Note:  Totals listed below are through around 4 PM today.

Moose Lake, MN:  0.56"
Hinckley, MN:  0.56"
Hill City, MN:  0.55"
Two Harbors, MN:  0.54"
Pine River, MN:  0.51"
Brainerd, MN:  0.50"
Effie, MN:  0.49"
Littlefork, MN:  0.48"
International Falls, MN:  0.47"
Grand Rapids, MN:  0.46"
Duluth, MN (Airport)  0.43"
Chisholm-Hibbing, MN:  0.41"
Aitkin, MN:  0.40"
Minong, WI:  0.40"
Superior, WI:  0.37"
Orr, MN:  0.36"
Solon Springs, WI:  0.36"
McGregor, MN:  0.36"
Saginaw, MN:  0.35"
Siren, WI:  0.35"
Isabella, MN:  0.31"
Silver Bay, MN:  0.30"
Hayward, WI:  0.29"
Grand Marais, MN:  0.28"
Clam Lake, WI:  0.27"
Barnes, WI:  0.26"
Phillips, WI:  0.25"
Ely, MN:  0.23"
Washburn, WI:  0.21"
Glidden, WI:  0.21"
Ashland, WI:  0.12"

Weather Synopsis for northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin

There was an area of low pressure sitting northwest of Minnesota late this afternoon.  A cold front attached to this low extended south into western portions of Minnesota.  A very moist airmass was found ahead of this system today with record level PWAT values ranging from 1.00" to as high as 1.20", this high moisture content combined with the forcing associated with the low and cold front helped to generate widespread light rain with bands of heavier rain across the Northland today.  There were even a few thunderstorms that rumbled through parts of the area especially this morning and early this afternoon.  Unseasonably mild temperatures continued today with highs in the 40s except around Lake Superior where highs topped out in the mid to upper 30s.

Low pressure will move into northwest Ontario Province by daybreak while a cold front sweeps through the Northland this evening -- Rain continues before midnight with mainly dry weather then expected overnight.  Note:  Areas of fog will also be found over the area tonight into Tuesday morning, some of the fog could be dense with visibility less than one mile.

Skies should clear a bit for Tuesday but there will be another fast moving but weak system scooting east out of the northern Plains which could produce a few showers in parts of the area later in the day or Tuesday night.

Low temperatures tonight will be in the 20s and 30s with highs Tuesday in the 40s and 50s.

Another area of low pressure is forecast to move through the northern Plains and upper Midwest on Wednesday, this one could produce some rain or a rain/snow mixture in parts of the Northland with light snowfall accumulations possible mainly north of Highway 2 in northeast Minnesota.

Forecast for Duluth and Superior

.Tonight...  Rain before midnight with some fog.  Partly to mostly cloudy after midnight with areas of fog still possible.  Low 30 to 35.  Wind east at 10 to 20 mph becoming west overnight.

.Tuesday...  Partly to mostly cloudy.  Areas of fog possible early.  High 48 to 53.  Wind west to southwest at 15 to 20 mph.

Normal temperatures for Tuesday

High:  26
Low:     8

Sunrise Tuesday:  7:02 AM CST
Sunset Tuesday:   5:43 PM CST