Thursday, April 20, 2017

Drying out the next few days but a stormy weather pattern is setting up for next week

/Issued 5:27 PM CDT, Thursday, April 20, 2017/

A more tranquil weather pattern for the next few days but next week has potential to turn stormy at times.  The first system is set to affect the Northland early in the week while a second storm could hit sometime later next week/next weekend, April 27-30 time frame.

Tonight's low temperature forecast.  Source:

Friday's high temperature forecast.  Source:

Precipitation reports from around the Northland

Note:  Totals listed below are from April 20, 2017

Ashland, WI:  0.87 in
Two Harbors, MN:  0.84 in
Duluth, MN (Airport)  0.73 in
Washburn, WI:  0.72 in
Barnes, WI:  0.72 in
Clam Lake, WI:  0.65 in
Isabella, MN:  0.54 in
Chisholm-Hibbing, MN:  0.52 in
Phillips, WI:  0.52 in
Minong, WI:  0.51 in
Siren, WI:  0.45 in
Hill City, MN:  0.44 in
Moose Lake, MN:  0.41 in
Saginaw, MN:  0.40 in
Grand Rapids, MN:  0.40 in
Ely, MN:  0.39 in
Brainerd, MN:  0.39 in
Grand Marais, MN:  0.29 in
Hinckley, MN:  0.27 in
Cass Lake, MN:  0.26 in
Solon Springs, WI:  0.26 in
Orr, MN:  0.14 in
Cook, MN:  0.08 in

Note:  It doesn't take long for things to change around here.  Most of this month has been dry here in Duluth but with the last two precipitation events, we're now running above normal in the precipitation department for April and slightly above normal for the spring.  See stats below.

April precipitation total (Thru the 20th)  2.02"
Departure:  +0.53" above normal

Spring precipitation total (Since March 1st)  3.07"
Departure:  +0.09" above normal

Weather Synopsis for northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin

A wet and in some areas a white late April day as low pressure tracked E/NE across southern Wisconsin and into the south half of Lake Michigan late this afternoon -- A trough connected to this low extended NW into central Wisconsin and northeast Minnesota.  Widespread rain and drizzle fell today in northeast Minnesota and far northern Wisconsin while snow or a rain/snow mix occurred in higher elevation areas inland from Lake Superior in northeast Minnesota.  Highs today ranged from the 50s around the International Falls area with 30s near Lake Superior and 40s elsewhere across the Northland.

Low pressure will track from southern Lake Michigan to eastern Ontario Province by dawn.  Light rain, drizzle and some snow will linger this evening in parts of northeast Minnesota and far northern Wisconsin with mainly dry conditions expected in these areas by late tonight.  Northern Minnesota will stay dry through the night.  Mostly cloudy to partly cloudy skies tonight with lows mainly in the 30s.

Nicer spring weather returns for Friday and Saturday as high pressure builds south through the upper Midwest and central Plains.  Mostly sunny Friday with highs in the 50s to lower 60s.  Highs Saturday should mainly be in the 60s.

Cooler weather returns on Sunday thanks to a cold front which sweeps through the area Saturday night.  Highs Sunday will mainly be in the 40s with 30s in extreme northeast Minnesota.

Rain is possible next Monday and Tuesday as low pressure tracks east/northeast out of the northern Plains.  There is also potential for some snow or a wintry mix of precipitation especially over far northern Minnesota.

Forecast for Duluth and Superior

.Tonight...  Lingering light rain, drizzle and snow early otherwise mostly cloudy with some partial clearing at times.  Patchy fog.  Low 31 to 35.  Wind north to northeast at 10 to 20 mph becoming northwest late.

.Friday...  Mostly sunny.  High 54 to 59 but it could turn cooler near Lake Superior.  Wind north at 10 to 15 mph.

Normal temperatures for Friday

High:  52
Low:   32

Sunrise Friday:  6:10 AM CDT
Sunset Friday:   8:05 PM CDT