Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Increasing clouds tonight (Milder than last night) a few snow showers possible; Chance for some rain, drizzle and patchy freezing rain Thursday/Thursday night

/Issued 6:01 PM CDT, Wednesday, March 22, 2017/

Source:  18z 3km-NAM;

Thursday will likely be the first of a few days of severe thunderstorms across parts of the central and southern Plains.  Source:

5 point scale with 1 low risk (Marginal) and 5 (High risk)


Tonight's low temperature forecast.  Source:

Thursday's high temperature forecast.  Source:

Weather Synopsis for northeast Minnesota & northwest Wisconsin

Slightly warmer temperatures this afternoon compared to 24 hours ago with highs mainly in the mid 30s with low 30s near Lake Superior (Temperatures today were near to a couple degrees below average for March 22nd)  Skies today were partly to mostly sunny as high pressure moves over the Great Lakes.

High pressure will move into the eastern U.S. on Thursday while a warm front approaches from the west and south but this warm front won't get anywhere close to the Northland, what it will do, however, is bring some precipitation to northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin.

There could be some scattered snow showers or mixed showers around parts of the area tonight with a somewhat greater chance for rain or mixed precipitation (Freezing rain or sleet) for Thursday into early Friday morning.  Of course the freezing rain threat will only happen if surface temperatures are at 32 degrees or lower, at the moment temperatures look to be flirting with the freezing mark Thursday night so at least patchy icing is possible over portions of the Northland and this could lead to hazardous driving conditions at times Thursday night.

Low temperatures tonight will be in the mid 20s to low 30s with teens in extreme northeast Minnesota.  Highs Thursday in the 30s with 40s in far northwest areas.  Lows Thursday night in the 30s.

Note:  It still looks like the greatest chance for additional precipitation, mostly in the form of rain will setup to the south of the Northland from Friday through Sunday as strong high pressure builds south out of Manitoba Province which is expected to bring dry air into our area which should help keep precipitation to our south.  The high to our north, and low over the central Plains could lead to gusty east winds near Lake Superior especially from Friday evening through most of the weekend.

Forecast for Duluth and Superior

.Tonight...  Becoming mostly cloudy.  A few snow showers possible late.  Low 27 to 30.  Wind east at 10 to 20 mph.

.Thursday...  Mostly cloudy.  Some light rain or drizzle possible at times.  High 33 to 36.  Wind south at 10 to 15 mph.

Normal temperatures for Thursday

High:  37
Low:   20

Sunrise Thursday:  7:05 AM CDT
Sunset Thursday:   7:26 PM CDT