Friday, February 10, 2017

20 to nearly 30 inches of snow currently on the ground in parts of far northeast Minnesota, little to no snow cover further south in the state (Snow depth reports in this post) Temperatures climbed into the 50s and 60s today in southwest Minnesota!

/Issued 3:30 PM CST, Friday, February 10, 2017/

Warmed up nicely as expected this afternoon!  Check out these temperatures from around the area from 2 PM today.  Keep in mind that normal temperatures for February 10th are in the upper teens to lower 20s in northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin.

Minnesota snow depth map as of February 9, 2017.  Source:

Tonight's low temperature forecast.  Source:

Saturday's high temperature forecast.  Source:

Snowfall reports from earlier today, February 10, 2017

Ely, MN;  3.3"
Grand Marais, MN:  3.0"
Kabetogama, MN:  2.9"
Ely, MN 25 E:  2.5"
Grand Portage, MN:  2.5"
Lutsen, MN 4 ENE:  2.3"
Two Harbors, MN 7 NNW:  1.6"
International Falls, MN:  1.5"
Orr, MN 3 E:  1.2"
Togo, MN:  1.0"
Beaver Bay, MN:  1.0"

Snow depth reports from around the Northland

Note:  Snow depths as of Friday morning, February 10, 2017

Wolfridge ELC:  28"
Kabetogama, MN:  24"
International Falls, MN:  21"
Orr, MN 3 E:  20"
Togo, MN:  19"
Ely, MN:  19"
Ely, MN 25 E:  19"
Grand Marais, MN:  19"
Grand Rapids, MN 12 N:  18"
Hurley, WI:  16"
Cass Lake, MN:  15"
Embarrass, MN:  15"
Duluth, MN (Airport)  14"
Cotton, MN:  14"
Grand Portage, MN:  14"
Wright, MN 3 E:  12"
Clam Lake, WI 4 W:  11"
Bruno, MN:  9"
Winter, WI:  8"
Brainerd, MN 7 NW:  8"
Isle, MN 12 N:  6"
Ashland, WI 3 S:  4"

Weather Synopsis for northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin

A nice break today from the arctic air of the past few days.  The Northland was in the warm sector of a winter cyclone today with low pressure of 996mb centered to the northwest of Thunder Bay Ontario Canada at 2 PM.

850mb temperatures late this afternoon ranged from 0 to -4 C in extreme northern Minnesota to +2 to +8 C elsewhere across the Northland.

Highs today were in the 30s with low/mid 40s in western-southwest areas.  Note:  80 degree temperatures occurred today in northwest Kansas with 70s into central Nebraska and lower 60s in southwest Minnesota.

As the warmer air moved in, areas of snow, sleet and freezing rain developed earlier in the day with snow totals ranging from 0.5 inches to a little more than 3 inches in far northeast Minnesota.  Ice accumulations were generally less than 0.03 inches.

Low pressure will exit off to the north/east tonight while a cold front drops south through the Northland -- Partly to mostly cloudy skies are forecast tonight with a few flurries possible.

Tonight's cold front will lift back north as a warm front on Saturday, which will then be followed by another cold frontal passage late Saturday night-Sunday morning.  There could be a few flurries or snow showers scattered around parts of the area Saturday night into Sunday morning but little if any snow accumulation is expected the way it looks now.  Note:  A few flurries or snow showers could also develop during the day Saturday around Lake Superior, mainly along the North Shore.

A wide range in low temps tonight with single digits in extreme northeast Minnesota, teens in northern Minnesota with mainly 20s in east central Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin.  Temperatures on Saturday will be in the 30s with 20s in far northeast Minnesota with highs on Sunday in the upper 20s and 30s.

Not much weather to talk about in our area for next week.  Overall it looks mild with the warmest days on Monday and Tuesday, briefly cooler on Wednesday before another shot of warm air moves in Thursday-Sunday (16th-19th)  That latter spell of warm air could result in daytime highs well into the 40s, possibly approaching 50 degrees in parts of the Northland late next week or next weekend!

Forecast for Duluth and Superior

.Tonight...  Partly to mostly cloudy.  Low 20 to 25.  Wind southwest at 10 to 20 mph becoming northwest late.

.Saturday...  Partly to mostly cloudy.  A few flurries possible.  High 27 to 32.  Wind east at 5 to 15 mph.

Normal temperatures for Saturday

High:  23
Low:    5

Sunrise Saturday:  7:18 AM CST
Sunset Saturday:   5:28 PM CST