Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Potential winter storm late this weekend. Storm reports from today in this post. Cold temps tonight/Thursday, lingering snow showers/mixed precip

/Issued 5:22 PM CDT, Wednesday, April 26, 2017/


12z European model from April 26, 2017 valid for next Monday, May 1, 2017.

Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for parts of the Northland (Purple shaded areas on maps below)

-The Ice Storm Warning for extreme northeast Minnesota has been cancelled

-The Winter Weather Advisory for the Twin Ports, far northwest Wisconsin, portions of the North Shore, Iron Range and Brainerd Lakes area has been cancelled.

Check out these temperatures from this afternoon! Normal highs for April 26 are in the mid to upper 50s, nothing close to that in our area today.

Tonight's low temperature forecast.  Source:

Thursday's high temperature forecast.  Source:

*Local Storm Reports for April 26, 2017*

Grand Marais, MN 3 W (Cook County)  Ice Storm.  Freezing rain accumulation of 0.30"

Lutsen, MN 18 NNW (Cook County)  Freezing rain 0.25 inch along with about 2.5" of sleet and snow

Finland, MN 3 SE (Lake County)  Freezing rain 0.20 inch

Hovland, MN 2 ENE (Cook County)  Ice Storm.  Freezing rain accumulation of 0.25".  0.5 inch sleet on the ground.

Grand Marais, MN 7 ENE (Cook County)  Ice Storm.  There was 1.5" of sleet and snow on the ground per spotter report.

Grand Marais, MN 21 N (Cook County)  Snow and sleet accumulation of 2.0"

Lutsen, MN 4 N (Cook County)  Freezing rain -- 0.25 inch

Grand Marais, MN 6 W (Cook County)  Freezing rain -- 0.25 inch

Grand Portage, MN (Cook County)  Freezing rain -- 0.25 inch

Saxon, WI 1 WSW (Iron County)  Freezing rain -- 0.25 inch

Island Lake, MN 6 E (St. Louis County)  Freezing rain -- 0.20 inch

Silver Bay, MN 1 W (Lake County)  Freezing rain -- 0.20 inch

Payne, MN 3 ENE (St. Louis County)  Freezing rain -- 0.20 inch

Little Marais, MN 4 SW (Cook County)  Freezing rain -- 0.10 inch

Duluth, MN (St. Louis County)  Freezing rain -- 0.10 inch measured at the National Weather Service

Cloquet, MN 1 N (Carlton County)  Sleet -- 0.5 inch

Duluth, MN (St. Louis County)  Sleet -- 0.5 inch measured at the National Weather Service

Glidden, WI 2 E (Ashland County)  Heavy rain -- 1.25 inch

Ashland, WI (Ashland County)  Heavy rain -- 1.26 inch

Glidden, WI 1 NW (Ashland County)  Heavy rain -- 1.13 inch

Bayfield, WI (Bayfield County)  Heavy rain -- 1.00 inch

Odanah, WI (Ashland County)  Heavy rain -- 1.47 inch

Precipitation reports from around the Northland

Date:  April 25-26, 2017 (Totals listed below are through ~3 PM on April 26th)

Glidden, WI:  1.13 in
Ashland, WI:  1.04 in
Grand Marais, MN:  1.00 in
Two Harbors, MN:  0.86 in
Duluth, MN (Airport)  0.77 in
Hayward, WI:  0.76 in
Silver Bay, MN:  0.76 in
Minong, WI:  0.76 in
Barnes, WI:  0.75 in
Phillips, WI:  0.74 in
Siren, WI:  0.73 in
Moose Lake, MN:  0.67 in
McGregor, MN:  0.58 in
Superior, WI:  0.57 in
Saginaw, MN:  0.48 in
Solon Springs, WI:  0.43 in
Ely, MN:  0.42 in
Grand Rapids, MN:  0.41 in
Chisholm-Hibbing, MN (Airport)  0.38 in
Cass Lake, MN:  0.31 in
Brainerd, MN:  0.26 in
Orr, MN:  0.26 in
Pine River, MN:  0.20 in

Link to Minnesota road conditions

Link to Wisconsin road conditions

Weather Synopsis for northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin

A very chilly late April day across the Northland with widespread wintry precipitation this morning which led to slippery/slush covered roads -- Late this afternoon we're seeing an area of snow and mixed precip continuing to affect extreme northeast Minnesota while elsewhere over the Northland there were scattered areas of snow or mixed precipitation, most notably near the head of Lake Superior where some lake effect precipitation has formed late this afternoon.

Low pressure was centered north of Green Bay, Wisconsin as of 4 PM today, this low will lift N/NE and be centered just northeast of Lake Superior by Thursday evening.  An upper level low/trough will move across the upper Midwest during the next 24 hours...This entire system will become negatively tilted as it lifts through the Great Lakes.  Lingering snow, sleet and freezing rain is forecast over parts of the Northland through Thursday evening although precipitation rates should be lighter compared to what occurred earlier today -- The main impacts with some additional snow and or ice accumulations through Thursday evening are forecast to be over extreme northeast Minnesota and over eastern sections of northwest Wisconsin.

A very chilly airmass will be over our area into Thursday as 850mb temperatures drop to around -10 to -15 C.  Lows tonight will be in the teens and 20s with highs Thursday only in the 30s with 20s possible in far northern Minnesota.

It'll warm up Friday with highs getting into the 40s, possibly around 50 degrees but this will still be below average, although warmer than it has been recently.

The big story by late this weekend will be a potential winter storm that may hit portions of the Northland.  Low pressure is forecast to lift N/NE out of the southern Plains over the weekend, if this system comes far enough to the north, it will bring a swath of accumulating snow to parts of northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin sometime between Sunday and Monday.  Note:  There is still a chance this system will track farther south/east than what the computer models have been showing recently, and this would reduce the potential for snow in our area.

Forecast for Duluth and Superior

.Tonight...  Scattered snow showers.  Patchy freezing drizzle possible.  Overcast.  Low 21 to 26.  Wind north at 10 to 20 mph.

.Thursday...  Mostly cloudy.  Cold! Flurries possible.  High 30 to 34.  Wind northwest at 10 to 20 mph.  Note:  Coldest high temperature on record for April 27th at Duluth is 32 degrees set in 1950; 2nd coldest is 33 degrees set in 1908; 3rd coldest 34 degrees set in 1969.

Normal temperatures for Thursday

High:  55
Low:   35

Sunrise Thursday:  5:59 AM CDT
Sunset Thursday:   8:13 PM CDT