Monday, February 13, 2017

Turning cooler Tue-Wed; Blowtorch arrives late this week (Near 50 degree temps in Duluth this weekend) 60s to near 70 degree temps in southwest Minnesota; Rain (Thunder?) possible early next week

/Issued 4:37 PM CST, Monday, February 13, 2017/

I guess it's time to break out the shorts and flip flops, after all it is mid February in Minnesota!

Today is the 4th day in a row with a high temperature above freezing at Duluth, Minnesota.  This current thaw comes to an end the next few days but a new and even bigger thaw arrives late this week.

Tonight's low temperature forecast.  Source:

Tuesday's high temperature forecast.  Source:

Weather Synopsis for northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin

There's a fairly vigorous upper level disturbance moving E/SE through northwest Minnesota this afternoon, out ahead of this feature clouds have been on the increase this afternoon across the Northland but that did nothing to prevent high temperatures from reaching well above normal levels with widespread temperatures in the upper 30s to middle 40s!  Not quite record warmth today as Duluth was 5 degrees shy of the record high for February 13th (42 F, record is 47 F set in 1947) while International Falls missed their record high by 4 degrees (42 F, record is 46 F set in 2011)

Low pressure over northeast Manitoba Province this evening heads east/southeast, passing north of Lake Superior on Tuesday, then moving into the northeast U.S. on Wednesday.  A trough will sweep through the Northland tonight, followed by a cold front for Tuesday morning.

A few snow showers and possibly some patchy freezing drizzle could develop at times in parts of the area through Tuesday evening but little to no snow/ice accumulation is anticipated.

It will be turning cooler the next few days but nothing terribly cold for mid February standards.  Lows tonight will be in the 20s to around 30 degrees, highs on Tuesday in the 20s to lower 30s.  Lows Tuesday night will be in the single digits and teens with highs Wednesday in the upper teens and 20s.  Note:  Gusty winds through Tuesday night will make it feel a little chillier as well.

Note:  Lake effect snow showers are forecast to develop Tuesday night through Wednesday morning along the South Shore of Lake Superior with about 1 to 3 inches of snow possible mainly over portions of Ashland and Iron County.

Warms up late this week with Friday, Saturday and Sunday looking quite balmy around here.  Daytime highs in the 40s are expected with even a few 50s quite possible in parts of the Northland.

Forecast for Duluth and Superior

.Tonight...  Breezy.  Partly to mostly cloudy.  Low 25 to 29.  Wind west at 10 to 20 mph with higher gusts possible.

.Tuesday...  Breezy.  Partly to mostly cloudy.  A few flurries possible.  High 29 to 33.  Wind west to northwest at 15 to 25 mph with higher gusts possible.

Normal temperatures for Tuesday

High:  24
Low:     6

Sunrise Tuesday:  7:14 AM CST
Sunset Tuesday:   5:32 PM CST