Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Another cold night ahead; Teens Thursday; 30s Friday with 50s in western/southwest Minnesota (Some snow/mixed precip possible Friday morning)

/Issued 5:01 PM CST, Wednesday, February 8, 2017/

Friday's weather setup.

Low temperature map from this morning, February 8, 2017.  Source:

Tonight's low temperature forecast.  Source:

Thursday's high temperature forecast.  Source:

Low temperature reports from this morning, February 8, 2017

Birchdale, MN 1 E:  -25 F
Squaw Lake, MN 1 SSE:  -24 F
Effie, MN 7 E:  -23 F
Bigfork, MN:  -20 F
International Falls, MN:  -20 F
Littlefork, MN:  -19 F
Orr, MN:  -17 F
Cook, MN:  -17 F
Togo, MN:  -17 F
Longville, MN:  -17 F
Pine River, MN:  -17 F
Walker, MN:  -16 F
Cass Lake, MN:  -15 F
Grand Rapids, MN:  -15 F
Aitkin, MN:  -15 F
Chisholm-Hibbing, MN:  -15 F
Brainerd, MN:  -14 F
Cotton, MN 3 SE:  -13 F
Bruno, MN:  -13 F
Cloquet, MN:  -9 F
Moose Lake, MN:  -9 F
Twig, MN 3 WNW:  -8 F
Proctor, MN 2 SW:  -8 F
Esko, MN 1 ESE:  -7 F
Ely, MN:  -6 F
Duluth, MN (Airport)  -6 F
South Range, WI 4 SSE:  -5 F
Oliver, WI 2 ENE:  -5 F
Grantsburg, WI 1 WSW:  -5 F

Record events from February 7, 2017

-Record 24 hour snowfall at Duluth, Minnesota.  New record 4.0 inches.  Previous record 2.5 inches set in 1981.

-Record 24 hour snowfall at International Falls, Minnesota.  New record 3.9 inches.  Previous record 1.4 inches set in 1950.

-Record 24 hour precipitation total at International Falls, Minnesota.  New record 0.21 inches.  Previous record 0.15 inches set in 1926.

Weather Synopsis for northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin

Sunshine but cold temperatures in the Northland today with highs in the single digits to the low teens.

Arctic high pressure over the northern Rockies and northern Plains this afternoon will move southeast, eventually positioning itself southeast of Minnesota by Thursday evening.

Mainly clear and very cold tonight with lows in the teens and 20s below zero with 30s below possible in the traditional cold spots.  Sunny to partly cloudy for Thursday with highs mainly in the teens.

Thursday evening will be chilly but temperatures will begin to rise after midnight as low pressure approaches from the west while a warm air advection pattern spreads into the upper Midwest.

A warm front attached to the low over far northern North Dakota will move through the Northland on Friday.  A band of light snow possibly mixing with sleet will likely develop and affect portions of the area late Thursday night through Friday morning with this precipitation possibly lingering into the mid afternoon hours in far northeast Minnesota, up around the Grand Marais/Grand Portage areas.  Note:  About 1-3 inches of snow is possible Friday morning in parts of northeast Minnesota with the higher end of these totals remaining north and northeast of the Iron Range the way it looks now.

A nice push of warm February air will occur on Friday with temperatures rising into the 30s during the afternoon/evening hours.  It will be even warmer in parts of western and southwest Minnesota where highs in the 50s are expected on Friday.

Forecast for Duluth and Superior

.Tonight...  Clear and cold.  Low 6 below to 11 below.  Wind west at 10 to 20 mph.

.Thursday...  Mostly sunny.  High 11 to 16.  Wind southwest at 10 to 20 mph.

Normal temperatures for Thursday

High:  22
Low:     4

Sunrise Thursday:  7:22 AM CST
Sunset Thursday:   5:25 PM CST