Thursday, April 27, 2017

Duluth, MN - High temp of 52 degrees on February 18th; High temp today (April 27th) 29 degrees. A little nicer Fri-Sat; Latest on the potential winter storm for Sun night-Mon

/Issued 5:18 PM CDT, Thursday, April 27, 2017/


Tonight's low temperature forecast.  Source:

Friday's high temperature forecast.  Source:

Second coldest high temperature on record for April 26 at International Falls, Minnesota

High temperature on April 26th was 28 degrees which ties with 1950 for second coldest high temperature on record for the 26th of April.  Note:  The coldest high temperature on record on April 26th is 27 degrees which was set in 2008.

Note:  It looks like both Duluth and International Falls will have their coldest high temperature on record for April 27th.  The previous coldest high temp was 32 degrees at Duluth (1950) and 32 degrees at International Falls (2008 and 1909)  High temp so far today at both locations have been in the upper 20s.

Precipitation stats for Duluth, Minnesota

April total (Thru the 26th)  3.02"
Departure:  +0.99" above normal

Spring total (March 1-April 26)  4.07"
Departure:  +0.55" above normal

Yearly total (January 1-April 26)  7.03"
Departure:  +1.74" above normal

*Storm Reports for April 27, 2017*

Mercer, WI 2 NE (Iron County)  Snow -- 1.3 inch
Gile, WI (Iron County)  Freezing Rain -- 0.20 inch
Gile, WI (Iron County)  Snow -- 3.8 inch
Phillips, WI (Price County) Snow -- 2.5 inch

Weather Synopsis:

Today (April 27th) has been the coldest day in the Twin Ports since March 14th when the high temperature was 29 degrees -- Today also marks the first time since March 14th with a high temperature lower than 32 degrees.

A little bit of good news in that temperatures will moderate a bit Friday and Saturday but will remain below average especially Friday when highs will be in the 40s, but Saturday's high temperatures should sneak into the 50s except near Lake Superior where it will be cooler.

Of course the big weather story around here will be the storm system that could hit parts of the Northland during the Sunday night/Monday time frame.  Computer models are in decent agreement on the track of this system considering its still ~4 days away, and because of that the storm track could shift around a bit.

One notable change is the European model (00z run from last night, and 12z run from today) has trended slightly warmer vs. previous runs...This needs to be watched to see if that trend continues, and to see if other computer models trend toward the Euro.  Should the EURO verify, then the greater chance for significant snowfall would be just west and north of Duluth with a mix and perhaps some rain affecting Duluth, eastern Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin.  The other computer models are colder and keeps precipitation in the form of snow in Duluth, eastern Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin.

The other component to this potential storm will be strong NE winds near Lake Superior.  Looks like the northeast wind will ramp up Saturday night or Sunday and remain strong into Monday, wind gusts of 30-35+ mph are certainly possible by Sunday and Monday.

Forecast for Duluth and Superior

.Tonight...  Considerable cloudiness.  Low 23 to 27.  Wind northwest to west at 10 to 20 mph.

.Friday...  Partly to mostly cloudy.  High 40 to 45.  Wind northwest at 10 to 20 mph.

Normal temperatures for Friday

High:  56
Low:   35

Sunrise Friday:  5:58 AM CDT
Sunset Friday:   8:15 PM CDT