Friday, March 17, 2017

Blustery with scattered rain/snow showers this evening; Some clearing Saturday afternoon; 40s and 50s on the way for Sunday-Monday. Snowfall reports from this morning in this post

/Issued 5:00 PM CDT, Friday, March 17, 2017/


Heads up!

Tonight's low temperature forecast.  Source:

Saturday's high temperature forecast.  Source:

Minnesota snow depth map as of March 16, 2017.  Source:

Snowfall reports from March 17, 2017

Two Harbors, MN 7 NW:  4.8"
Kelsey, MN:  4.5"
Island Lake, MN:  4.4"
Kabetogama, MN 1 WNW:  4.0"
Isabella, MN 14 W:  4.0"
Two Harbors, MN:  4.0"
Alborn, MN:  4.0"
International Falls, MN:  3.8"
Duluth, MN (NWS)  3.8"
Arnold, MN 4 NW:  3.6"
Ely, MN:  3.5"
Gheen, MN:  3.3"
Chisholm, MN:  3.1"
Orr, MN:  3.0"
Winton, MN:  3.0"
Lester Park, MN 2 SW:  3.0"
Floodwood, MN 4 N:  3.0"
Cook, MN:  3.0"
Hoyt Lakes, MN:  3.0"
Tofte, MN 3 NE:  3.0"
Grand Marais, MN 3 W:  2.8"
Keewatin, MN:  2.6"
Cloquet, MN:  2.5"
Gary New Duluth, MN 2 NW:  2.5"
West Duluth, MN 1 ESE:  2.5"
Silver Bay, MN:  2.5"
Solon Springs, WI 5 WSW:  2.5"
Superior, WI 5 SE:  2.3"
Ely, MN 25 E:  2.2"
Babbit, MN:  2.1"
Wrenshall, MN:  2.0"
Iron Junction, MN:  2.0"
Esko, MN 2 E:  1.8"
Chief Lake, WI 5 ENE:  1.8"
Gordon, WI:  1.5"
Park Falls, WI:  1.3"
Butternut, WI 3 N:  1.3"
Bigfork, MN 8 S:  1.0"

Snow depth reports from around the Northland

Note:  Snow depths listed below are from 7 AM on March 17th

Wolfridge, MN (ELC)  15"
International Falls, MN:  10"
Cook, MN:  10"
Island Lake, MN 4 E:  9"
Ely, MN 25 E:  8"
Duluth, MN (Airport)  6"
Kabetogama, MN:  6"
Orr, MN 3 E:  6"
Cass Lake, MN:  3"
Floodwood, MN:  3"

Weather Synopsis for northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin

Last night's forecast verified nicely with portions of the Northland picking up anywhere from a half inch to around 4.5 inches of new snow early this morning, other areas saw rain and drizzle which mixed with wet snow at times with little to no snow accumulation.

The entire Northland was socked in by low clouds this afternoon with areas of drizzle and fog -- Low pressure of 1008mb was centered along the Ontario-Minnesota border as of 3 PM with a cold front stretching from northern to western Minnesota.

Clouds will stick around tonight with scattered rain and snow showers with new snowfall accumulations of less than an inch.  Areas of drizzle and fog are also expected to carry over into the evening hours.  A cold front will push through the Northland this evening while an upper level trough continues to move across the area.

Saturday could begin a little on the cloudy side but by the afternoon there should be some sun breaking through the clouds  -- High pressure will build into the upper Midwest on Saturday which should help to clear skies out a bit.

Low temperatures tonight will be in the 20s with teens in far northern Minnesota.  Highs Saturday will be in the 30s.

High temperatures will warm into the 40s, possibly even some 50s for both Sunday and Monday.  A cold front is forecast to move through the Northland on Sunday with a few showers possible as that boundary moves through.

Forecast for Duluth and Superior

.Tonight...  Breezy.  Scattered snow and rain showers changing to snow showers and flurries.  Patchy drizzle and fog mainly this evening.  Low 20 to 25.  Wind becoming northwest at 10 to 20 mph with higher gusts.

.Saturday...  Mostly cloudy with some clearing in the afternoon.  High 35 to 40.  Wind northwest at 10 to 20 mph.

Normal temperatures for Saturday

High:  35
Low:   18

Sunrise Saturday:  7:15 AM CDT
Sunset Saturday:   7:19 PM CDT