Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Snow totals today ranged from 1.5" at Moose Lake to over 7" near Two Harbors (Snowfall reports in this post) Cold through Thursday; Warming up Friday (50s in southwest Minnesota)

/Issued 4:45 PM CST, Tuesday, February 7, 2017/

Wind Chill Advisory for the area shaded in blue on the map.

It'll be colder than normal the next few days but a thaw is coming on Friday.

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

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

Snowfall reports from today, February 7, 2017
Source:  http://www.weather.gov/dlh/

Two Harbors, MN 1 WNW:  7.5"
Payne, MN 3 E:  6.3"
Two Harbors, MN 7 NNW:  6.3"
Brimson, MN 2 S:  5.2"
International Falls, MN:  5.0"
Cloquet, MN 1 N:  4.5"
Cromwell, MN 6 NNW:  4.0"
Hermantown, MN 3 NE:  3.6"  (NWS total through 1 PM)
Grand Marais, MN 21 N:  3.5"
Aitkin, MN:  3.1"
Jacobson, MN:  3.0"
Cook, MN:  3.0"
Mountain Iron, MN:  3.0"
Lakeside, WI 3 WSW:  2.9"
Oulu, WI 1 S:  2.4"
Springbrook, WI:  1.5"
Brainerd, MN 2 NNE:  1.5"
Moose Lake, MN:  1.5"

A link to Minnesota road conditions http://lb.511mn.org/mnlb/winterdriving/routeselect.jsf

A link to Wisconsin road conditions http://www.511wi.gov/web/traffic/winterroadconditions

Weather Synopsis for northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin

Low pressure of 992mb has moved into southwest Lower Michigan as of 3 PM today while an upper level disturbance moved quickly through the upper Midwest.  The combination of these two features resulted in some snow in the Northland today with bands of moderate to heavy snow at times.  There was also some freezing drizzle which resulted in a light glaze of ice in parts of the area.  Note:  This definitely had potential to be a major winter storm for our area today but it wasn't, as this system came through in pieces or unphased (Story of the winter thus far)  Wind was also a big factor today with some of the strongest wind gusts around Lake Superior where east/northeast winds gusted over 25-30 mph especially this morning, this resulted in quite a bit of blowing and drifting of the snow.

The snow is pretty much done as of late this afternoon and now comes the cold!  Any lingering snow showers and flurries will end this evening, thereafter expect generally clear to partly cloudy skies from late tonight through Thursday evening.

Temperatures will drop as a batch of arctic air affects the Northland through Thursday as strong high pressure of ~1035mb builds southeast out of the northern Plains.  850mb temperatures will bottom out in the -20 to -25 degree Celsius range into Thursday.

Lows tonight and Wednesday night will be in the single digits, teens and 20s below zero with highs Wednesday and Thursday in the single digits and teens.

Warmer temperatures move in on Friday as low pressure tracks east along the Ontario-Minnesota border -- Highs in the Northland should get into the 30s later in the afternoon or during the evening hours.  The warmest air will remain over western-southern portions of Minnesota where highs in the 40s and even the 50s are expected.

There could be a burst of snow or freezing rain Friday morning in portions of the Northland with minor snow amounts and a light glaze of ice possible during that time.

Forecast for Duluth and Superior

.Tonight...  Breezy.  Colder.  Partly to mostly cloudy with areas of blowing snow.  Flurries early.  Low 1 below to 6 below.  Wind northwest at 10 to 20 mph.

.Wednesday...  Mostly sunny but cold.  High 6 to 11.  Wind west to northwest at 10 to 20 mph.

Normal temperatures for Wednesday

High:  22
Low:     4

Sunrise Wednesday:  7:23 AM CST
Sunset Wednesday:   5:23 PM CST