Friday, March 24, 2017

Gusty E-NE winds with chilly temperatures this weekend near Lake Superior. Some light rain, sleet or freezing rain possible in parts of the Northland Saturday evening-Sunday

/Issued 5:07 PM CDT, Friday, March 24, 2017/

A very cool water vapor satellite loop from this afternoon showing a classic looking spring storm churning across the southern/central Plains.  Source:


Warnings map from Thursday, March 23, 2017.  Source:

Blue polygons=Severe thunderstorm warning

No tornadoes reported on Thursday but there were quite a few reports of large hail (Green dots) and damaging winds (Blue dots.  Source:

Tonight's low temperature forecast.  Source:

Saturday's high temperature forecast.  Source:

*Local Storm Reports from March 23, 2017*

*10:42 PM CDT:  FREEZING RAIN.  0.01".  Mahtowa, MN 3 N (Carlton County)

*8:40 PM CDT:  FREEZING RAIN.  0.01".  Lester Park, MN 2 SSW (St. Louis County)  Ice glazing on sidewalks and railings across the neighborhood.

*8:25 PM CDT:  FREEZING RAIN.  0.01".  Proctor, MN 1 NNE (St. Louis County)

*7:33 PM CDT:  HAIL.  0.25".  Floodwood, MN (St. Louis County)  Estimated size about 1/8" covering ground.  Roads slick.

*6:34 PM CDT:  HAIL.  0.25".  Blackberry, MN 1 WSW (Itasca County)

Snowfall reports from March 23-24, 2017

Grand Marais, MN 4 W:  2.1"
Snow Bank Lake, MN 6 SW:  1.6"
Lutsen, MN 3 WSW:  1.6"
Lutsen, MN 4 ENE:  1.5"
Sea Gull Lake, MN 4 NE:  1.2"
Ely, MN 1 SSW:  1.0"

Weather Synopsis for northeast Minnesota & northwest Wisconsin

Temperatures were close to normal today with highs in the mid 30s to low 40s.  Widespread clouds with areas of drizzle and fog over the Northland today in wake of last night's rain and wintry mix of precipitation.

A continuation of mostly cloudy skies are expected this weekend in northwest Wisconsin and also around Lake Superior but in northern Minnesota there could be some breaks in the clouds at times from tonight through Sunday.

Patchy drizzle, freezing drizzle and snow flurries could develop tonight and Saturday near Lake Superior.

A chance for some light rain, sleet or freezing rain in far eastern Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin from Saturday evening through Sunday as low pressure currently over the southern Plains lifts northeast into the central/eastern Great Lakes by Sunday -- Whatever type of precipitation falls shouldn't amount to very much but it only takes a small amount of freezing rain to cause trouble on the roads.

Lows tonight and Saturday night will be in the 20s and 30s with teens possible tonight in far northeast Minnesota.  Highs Saturday and Sunday will be in the 40s with chillier 30s near Lake Superior.

Forecast for Duluth and Superior

.Tonight...  Breezy.  Mostly cloudy.  Patchy fog, drizzle, freezing drizzle or flurries.  Low 28 to 31.  Wind east to northeast at 10 to 20 mph with gusts to 30 mph.

.Saturday...  Breezy.  Mostly cloudy.  Patchy drizzle, freezing drizzle or flurries possible.  High 31 to 33.  Wind east to northeast at 10 to 20 mph with gusts to 30 mph.

Normal temperatures for Saturday

High:  38
Low:   21

Sunrise Saturday:  7:01 AM CDT
Sunset Saturday:   7:28 PM CDT