Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Colder (Near normal temps) tonight and Wednesday; Warming up later this week, near 50 degrees in Duluth on Saturday! Rain (Thunder?) early next week

/Issued 5:02 PM CST, Tuesday, February 14, 2017/

Still a ways out but the computer models continue to show a system affecting the upper Midwest and western Great Lakes early next week.  Most of the precipitation is forecast to be in the form of rain due to an unseasonably warm and humid airmass which will be found east of a surface low which is expected to be over the Dakotas next Monday.  As the low pulls away and some colder air moves in, the rain could change over to snow sometime late Monday night or Tuesday in parts of the Northland but accumulations if any look very light at the moment.

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

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

Weather Synopsis for northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin

Mild temperatures continued today but gusty winds were an issue as a cold front passed through the area earlier in the day.  Winds shifted to the northwest behind the cold front with gusts in the 25 to 45 mph range.  Note:  Duluth had a peak wind gust of 48 mph once again today, second time this week with a wind gust near 50 mph!

Highs today ranged from the 20s in northern Minnesota with 30s around Lake Superior, east central Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin.  Sky conditions varied between mostly sunny and mostly cloudy today and there's been a few flurries or snow showers dropping S/SE through parts of far northeast Minnesota.

Colder temperatures along with gusty winds into Wednesday.  Lows tonight ranging from the single digits below zero to the teens above zero with highs Wednesday in the teens and 20s.  Winds gusting 20 to 30 mph (especially tonight) will make it feel a little cooler, however.

Partly to mostly cloudy skies are expected tonight and Wednesday with a few flurries and snow showers possible tonight.

NW flow crossing Lake Superior should lead to some lake effect snow showers along the South Shore through Wednesday with about 1 to 3 inches of new snow possible mainly over Ashland and Iron County.

A big time thaw remains on track later this week and during the upcoming weekend -- Daytime highs are forecast to climb into the 30s and 40s in the Northland on Friday, warming into the 40s and 50s for Saturday and Sunday.  Note:  Southern portions of Minnesota could have highs in the 60s, possibly up close to 70 degrees from Friday through Sunday.  Incredible stuff for February!

Looking beyond early next week's rain system finds a new system that could bring snow or mixed precipitation to parts of the upper Midwest and western Great Lakes sometime in the February 23rd-25th time frame.

Forecast for Duluth and Superior

.Tonight...  Colder.  Breezy! Partly to mostly cloudy.  Low 9 to 14.  Wind northwest at 15 to 30 mph.

.Wednesday...  Partly to mostly cloudy.  High 24 to 29.  Wind northwest at 10 to 20 mph becoming southwest later in the day.

Normal temperatures for Wednesday

High:  24
Low:     6

Sunrise Wednesday:  7:12 AM CST
Sunset Wednesday:   5:34 PM CST