/Issued 3:57 PM CST, Monday, December 9, 2013/
*Here’s Tonight’s minor snow event, shows up pretty nice in the H5 vort map. The dip cutting thru Minnesota will provide some lift in the atmosphere and this will generate some light late night snowfall. (Source, 18z RAP model)
Today’s Weather Summary for NE Minnesota and NW Wisconsin
Just another day in the deep freeze. Low pressure of 1000mb was over Northeast Ontario with another low averaging 1008mb over Western North Dakota. High pressure of 1028mb was over Western Kansas. Clear to partly cloudy skies were common Today with a little bit of light lake effect snow affecting Northern Bayfield County in Northwestern Wisconsin. High temperatures were only in the single digits below to around zero degrees with west or southwest winds at 5 to 15 mph with higher gusts especially near Lake Superior where some blowing and drifting snow has been occurring Today. Late Afternoon wind chills were in the teens and 20s below zero throughout the Northland.
Forecast Discussion for NE Minnesota and NW Wisconsin
Short Term Forecast – Confidence: High.
Tonight (December 9)
Clear to partly cloudy skies This Evening will give way to more clouds Overnight as a clipper system moves into the area. Expect some snow showers and flurries to develop around the Midnight hour in Western sections of the area, this activity will then spread farther east/southeast after Midnight. Note: Snowfall accumulations will be light and generally around 1″ or less. Lows Tonight will be in the single digits, teens, and 20s below zero with winds shifting around from the south, west, and east to the north/west at 5 to 15 mph. Wind chills Tonight will range from 15 below to around 35 below.
*Every County in the Northland except for Pine is under a Wind Chill Advisory Tonight. Wind chills will range from 20 below to 35 below. Frostbite time as short as 15 minutes on exposed skin. (Source, NWS Duluth, MN)
Tuesday and Tuesday Night (December 10)
Low pressure exits off to our south/east while another area of arctic high pressure builds into the Northern Plains. A few flurries or snow showers are possible along the South Shore of Lake Superior, but any snow that does fall should be on the light side. The remainder of the Northland looks dry this period. Highs will be in the single digits below to single digits above zero with lows in the single digits, teens, and 20s below. Winds will be out of the north/west at 10 to 20 mph.
Extended Forecast – Confidence: High.
Wednesday through Friday (December 11-13)
May see some light snow or flurries return to the area from Thursday into Friday, otherwise expect the cold temperatures to stick around with the coldest weather expected on Wednesday before slight moderation takes place later this week. Highs on Wednesday will be in the single digits below to single digits above zero. Highs on Thursday and Friday will be in the single digits and teens. Lows Wednesday Night will be in the teens and 20s below. Lows Thursday Night will range from the single digits below to around 10 above zero.
Long Range Forecast – Confidence: High.
Computer models are hinting at a potential storm lifting northeast out of the Southern U.S./Gulf Of Mexico this weekend, right now it doesn’t look like this storm would impact the Northland but with it being several days away the storm track could shift a bit more to the west, so stay tuned.
There could be some snow showers or flurries around the area Saturday/Sunday (14th-15th) but accumulations if any look minimal at this time. Another system could bring some snow to the area toward the 16th-18th. Below average temperatures are forecast through this period.
5 DAY FORECAST FOR DULUTH/SUPERIOR
*WIND CHILL ADVISORY*
Timing: 9 PM Tonight until 4 AM CST Tuesday.
.Tonight… Bitterly cold. Clear This Evening. Mostly cloudy Overnight with snow showers and flurries developing mainly after 1 AM. Snowfall accumulations less than 1″. Low 10 below to 15 below with temperatures slowly rising after Midnight. Wind southwest at 5 to 15 mph becoming northwest toward daybreak. Wind chills of 20 below to 35 below.
.Tuesday… Very cold. Partly to mostly sunny. High 1 to 6. Wind northwest at 10 to 20 mph.
.Tuesday Night… Bitterly cold. Mostly clear. Low 13 below to 18 below. Wind northwest at 5 to 15 mph.
.Wednesday… Frigid. Mostly sunny. High 0 to 5 below.
.Wednesday Night… Bitterly cold. Mostly clear. Low 12 below to 17 below.
.Thursday… Partly to mostly cloudy. High 5 to 10.
.Thursday Night… Mostly cloudy. Light snow or flurries possible. Low 2 below to 3 above.
.Friday… Mostly cloudy. Light snow or flurries possible. High 12 to 17.
Normal temperatures for Tomorrow
Sunrise Tuesday: 7:43 AM CST
Sunset Tuesday: 4:20 PM CST