Issued at 3:25 PM CST, Wednesday, February 29th, 2012
- Blizzard continues This Evening around the head of Lake Superior
- Much calmer day on Thursday
- Some snow chances late this week and this weekend
*Preliminary snowfall reports from February 28th-29th, 2012*
Source: National Weather Service Duluth, Minnesota
3 miles north of Butternut, WI (Ashland County) 19.0″
9 miles north-northeast of Sawyer, MN (St. Louis County) 17.0″
Winter, WI (Sawyer County) 17.0″
4 miles southeast of Park Falls, WI (Price County) 16.0″
Benoit, WI (Bayfield County) 15.0″
Phillips, WI (Price County) 14.0″
Ashland, WI (Ashland County) 12.0″
Gile, WI (Iron County) 11.5″
Montreal, WI (Iron County) 11.0″
11 miles north of Brule, WI (Douglas County) 10.0″
Herbster, WI (Bayfield County) 10.0″
Pine City, MN (Pine County) 10.0″
Alborn, MN (St. Louis County) 9.0″
Saginaw, MN (St. Louis County) 9.0″
Esko, MN (Carlton County) 8.0″
Moose Lake, MN (Carlton County) 7.2″
Brainerd, MN (Crow Wing County) 7.0″
Pillager, MN (Cass County) 6.5″
Lake Shore, MN (Cass County) 6.0″
Silver Bay, MN (Lake County) 5.5″
2 miles east of Payne, MN (St. Louis County) 5.5″
McGregor, MN (Aitkin County) 4.0″
Little Marais, MN (Cook County) 3.0″
Pine River, MN (Cass County) 2.0″
7 miles south of Bigfork, MN (Itasca County) 1.3″
5 miles northwest of Duluth, MN (St. Louis County) 9.0″ official total at the NWS thru 2:55pm CST.
High wind report from February 29th, 2012
Source: National Weather Service Duluth, Minnesota
Knife River: 57 mph
Duluth Airport: 56 mph
Sky Harbor: 56 mph
Silver Bay: 52 mph
Esko: 50 mph
Two Harbors: 49 mph
Superior: 45 mph
60-70 mph winds were also reported by automated observing stations on the Blatnik Bridge over the Duluth Harbor Today.
-Blizzard Warning continues until 8pm CST This Evening for Duluth…Including Southern St. Louis and Carlton Counties in Northeast Minnesota.
-Minnesota Power reports 4800 customers without power in the Duluth and Cloquet areas as of mid-Afternoon.
-Travel is not advised in Southern St. Louis…Carlton…or Pine Counties in Minnesota, this includes the Northern portion of Interstate 35 (NWS Duluth)
-Travel is not advised on Route 2 from Superior, Wisconsin to Ironwood, Michigan
-Winter Storm Warning is in effect until 8pm CST This Evening for Southern Lake and Pine Counties in Minnesota and for Douglas…Bayfield…Ashland…Iron…Burnett…Washburn…Sawyer…and Price Counties in Wisconsin.
-Winter Weather Advisory is in effect until 8pm CST This Evening for Central St. Louis…Northern Lake…and Cook Counties in Minnesota.
*216 severe weather reports (15 tornadoes) across parts of the Central Plains on February 28th. Tornado reports occurred in Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri and Illinois. (SPC)
*58 severe weather reports (6 tornadoes) so far Today from Arkansas to the Ohio Valley. Tornado reports were in Indiana and Kentucky. (SPC)
On this date in 2000: A record high temperature of 55 degrees occurred at Duluth, Minnesota.
Today’s Weather Summary for Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin
Deep low pressure of 994mb was centered in far Southeast Minnesota as of 3pm. Snow, heavy at times continued Today in Northwest Wisconsin and Northeast Minnesota with blizzard conditions in and around the Duluth area. Little if any snow fell once you got up to the Minnesota/Ontario border. Highs Today were in the 20s and 30s with east or northeast winds at 10 to 20 mph, but powerful winds of 30 to 55 mph with higher gusts developed early This Morning and persisted through the day around Lake Superior.
Today’s Upper Level Analysis:
A strong 500mb low was moving into Southern-Central Wisconsin late This Afternoon per water vapor satellite imagery with impressive 12 hour 500mb height falls of 90-210 meters covering the Great Lakes and parts of the Upper Midwest per RUC model analysis. The next big storm was currently in the Pacific Northwest and was moving toward the east Today. 850mb temperatures as of 3pm ranged from -1 to -5C in Minnesota.
Note: Click on the map below for a 12 hour loop. Very impressive storm nails parts of the Northland last ngiht and Today.
Forecast Discussion for Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin
Tonight (February 29th)
Strong area of low pressure will move out of Wisconsin This Evening. Light snow and flurries will persist most of the night in Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin with heavier snow showers continuing This Evening near Lake Superior. Additional snowfall accumulations will be an inch or less, however, localized amounts ranging from 1-3″ are possible near Lake Superior. Partly to mostly cloudy skies are expected Tonight with lows in the teens and 20s. Winds will be out of the north or east at 5 to 15 mph with stronger winds of 20 to 45 mph continuing into mid-Evening near Lake Superior.
Thursday and Thursday Night (March 1st)
Low pressure will track E-NE out of the Central Plains while another area of low pressure moves east across the Northern Plains. Partly to mostly cloudy skies are forecast this period with occasional snow showers and flurries. Accumulations through this period should remain under an inch. Highs Tomorrow will mainly be in the 30s with lows Tomorrow Night in the teens and 20s. Winds during this period will be out of the south or east around 15 mph or less.
Extended Forecast, Friday-Sunday (March 2nd-4th)
Low pressure will lift northeast into the Eastern Great Lakes between Friday and Saturday while a NW flow develops across the Upper Midwest which will bring a weak disturbance or two across the region from Friday through Sunday. Could be some snow showers and flurries at times during this period with high temperatures in the 30s on Friday and the teens and 20s for Saturday and Sunday. Lows will be in the teens Friday Night and the single digits and teens for Saturday Night.
Long Range Forecast (March 5th-11th)
Milder temperatures are forecast to move into the Upper Midwest early next week, some spots might even reach 40 degrees. Could be some sort of a storm or more than one storm at somepoint the middle/end of next week, March 7th-10th time frame which could bring some precipitation (snow/rain) to the Upper Midwest. Stay tuned!
5 DAY FORECAST FOR DULUTH/SUPERIOR
Until 8pm CST Tonight
.Tonight… Windy early. Occasional snow tapering to flurries before Midnight. Additional snowfall accumulations around 1″ with storm totals of 8-10″. Mostly cloudy. Low 20 to 25. Wind east to northeast at 15 to 30 mph with gusts over 40 mph, decreasing to 10 to 15 mph and becoming north between 9-11pm. Areas of blowing and drifting snow continuing This Evening with blizzard conditions at times.
.Thursday… Partly sunny. High 30 to 35. Wind northwest at 5 to 15 mph, becoming southeast.
.Thursday Night… Mostly cloudy. Snow showers or flurries possible. Low 20 to 25. Wind southeast at 5 to 15 mph. Chance of snow 30%.
.Friday… Mostly cloudy. Snow showers or flurries possible. High 30 to 35. Chance of snow 30%.
.Friday Night… Mostly cloudy. Flurries possible. Low 18 to 23.
.Saturday… Variable cloudiness. Flurries possible. High 25 to 30.
.Saturday Night… Partly to mostly cloudy. Low 6 to 11.
.Sunday… Partly sunny. High 20 to 25.
Normal temperatures for Today
Sunrise Thursday: 6:47 AM CST
Sunset Thursday: 5:55 PM CST