March 30, 2016 Weather Report – Snow chances and cool temperatures for the first few days of April; Gusty NE wind near Lake Superior late tonight and Thursday; Rainfall report from today included in this post

/Issued 5:06 PM CDT, Wednesday, March 30, 2016/

















A couple different areas where snow could accumulate through late Thursday afternoon.  Looks like most of the Northland will escape without getting any snow accumulation during the next 24 hours.  Source, RAP 19z model run.




















Tonight’s low temperature forecast.  Source, National Weather Service Duluth, Minnesota.



















Thursday’s high temperature forecast.  Source, National Weather Service Duluth, Minnesota.



















Rainfall report for March 30, 2016
Source:  MesoWest.com

Brainerd, MN:  0.49″
Aitkin, MN:  0.39″
McGregor, MN:  0.33″
Moose Lake, MN:  0.48″
Hinckley, MN:  0.25″
Cloquet, MN:  0.34″
Duluth, MN:  0.37″

Saginaw, MN:  0.36″
Hill City, MN:  0.33″
Longville, MN:  0.24″
Walker, MN:  0.28″
Two Harbors, MN:  0.26″
Hibbing, MN:  0.27″
Littlefork, MN:  0.20″

International Falls, MN:  0.14″
Ely, MN:  0.19″
Grand Marais, MN:  0.21″
Superior, WI:  0.27″
Barnes, WI:  0.36″
Solon Springs, WI:  0.26″
Minong, WI:  0.37″

Siren, WI:  0.33″
Clam Lake, WI:  0.36″
Glidden, WI:  0.24″
Hayward, WI:  0.35″

Weather Summary for NE Minnesota and NW Wisconsin
Date:  March 30, 2016

Much of the Northland received some rain late last night and this morning but the rain has decreased in coverage and intensity from NW-SE this afternoon, in fact there’s been some clearing this afternoon in portions of Northern Minnesota with generally mostly cloudy skies continuing elsewhere.  High temperatures weren’t too bad on this second to last day of March — Highs were in the 40s to low 50s and winds were out of the south or north at 5 to 15 mph.  The weather map late this afternoon had low pressure of 996mb in far Southeast Nebraska.

Forecast Discussion for NE Minnesota and NW Wisconsin

Short Term Forecast – Confidence:  High.

Tonight (March 30)

Low pressure tracks from far Southeast Nebraska to far Southwest Wisconsin tonight.  There is a chance for light rain at times in Eastern Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin, some of the rain could become mixed with snow toward daybreak.  Low temperatures will mainly be in the 30s with north or east winds at 5 to 15 mph but higher gusts are possible late tonight near Lake Superior.

Thursday and Thursday night (March 31)

An area of low pressure will move through Southern Wisconsin tomorrow morning and is forecast to move into Eastern Canada by late Thursday night —  This system could bring some rain or wet snow to parts of Northwest Wisconsin tomorrow.

Another system will drop south/east out of the Northern Plains and this one could bring some rain to Western-Southwest portions of the Northland on Thursday and a rain/snow mix to those areas Thursday night.

There is also a chance for some patchy drizzle or a few rain/snow showers near Lake Superior tomorrow.

All in all not a real nice last day of March but precipitation that does fall should be fairly light, and snow accumulations if any look very marginal in our area.

Highs on Thursday will be in the 30s and 40s with 50s possible toward the Brainerd Lakes.  Lows Thursday night will be in the 20s and 30s.  Winds will be out of the north, east or northwest at 10 to 15 mph with higher gusts possible tomorrow near Lake Superior.

Extended Forecast – Confidence:  Medium.

Friday through Sunday (April 1-3)

A light snowfall event is possible Friday night and on Sunday.  A northwest flow aloft will develop this weekend with chilly temperatures to kick off the month of April — A quick moving area of low pressure is forecast to drop southeast into the Northland Friday night exiting to the east Saturday morning, a shot of snow Friday night or early Saturday morning with snowfall amounts of a coating to 2″ possible.  

Another system moves east/southeast out of the Northern Plains on Sunday, this one could also bring light snowfall accumulations to parts of the Northland late in the weekend.

Highs on Friday will be in the 30s to around 40 degrees, lows Friday night will be in the teens and 20s.  Highs on Saturday will be in the 20s and 30s with lows Saturday night in the teens and 20s.  Highs on Sunday are forecast to be in the 20s and 30s.

Long Range Forecast – Confidence:  Medium.

(April 4-9)

Below average temperatures are expected during the long range.  Rain or snow is possible during the middle of next week (5th-7th)

5 DAY FORECAST FOR DULUTH AND SUPERIOR

.Tonight…  Considerable cloudiness.  Low 30 to 35.  Wind north at 5 to 15 mph becoming east to northeast at 10 to 20 mph.

.Thursday…  Considerable cloudiness.  Patchy drizzle or flurries possible.  High 35 to 40.  Wind east to northeast at 10 to 20 mph.

.Thursday night…  Mostly cloudy.  Low 25 to 30.  Wind variable around 10 mph.

.Friday…  Partly sunny.  High 33 to 38.

.Friday night…  Snow showers developing.  Mostly cloudy.  Low 20 to 25.

.Saturday…  Partly sunny.  High 27 to 32.

.Saturday night…  Partly to mostly cloudy.  Low 15 to 20.

.Sunday…  Mostly cloudy.  Light snow possible.  High 30 to 35.

Normal temperatures for Thursday

High:  41
Low:   24

Sunrise Thursday:  6:49 AM CDT
Sunset Thursday:   7:37 PM CDT

Tim



March 29, 2016 Weather Report – Rain late tonight and Wednesday

/Issued 4:52 PM CDT, Tuesday, March 29, 2016/

Dry this evening but rain develops/spreads northeast into the Twin Ports toward midnight.  Water vapor satellite imagery and surface analysis from late this afternoon and forecast storm track thru Thursday morning.  















12z WRF-ARW model total rainfall forecast ending at 7 AM Thursday.  Source, TropicalTidbits.com













Surface map forecast for Wednesday.  Source, Weather Prediction Center.

Green=Rain








































Scattered severe thunderstorms are possible across much of the Central and Southern Plains on Wednesday.  Source, WSI; Storm Prediction Center.

Yellow=Slight risk for severe thunderstorms (2)
Light green=Marginal risk for severe thunderstorms (1)

Note:  Non-severe thunderstorms are possible tomorrow as far north as the Southern 1/2 of Minnesota and Wisconsin.













Tonight’s low temperature forecast.  Source, National Weather Service Duluth, Minnesota.



















Wednesday’s high temperature forecast.  Source, National Weather Service Duluth, Minnesota.




















Weather Summary for NE Minnesota and NW Wisconsin
Date:  March 29, 2016

A nice spring day under a partly or mostly cloudy sky.  Highs were in the mid 50s to low 60s with 40s closer to Lake Superior.  Winds were out of the south or southwest at 10 to 20 mph with east winds near Lake Superior.  Surface map at 3 PM featured high pressure of 1026mb over the Eastern Great Lakes with low pressure averaging 994mb covering the Central Rockies.

Forecast Discussion for NE Minnesota and NW Wisconsin

Short Term Forecast – Confidence:  High.

Tonight (March 29)

Low pressure will head out into the Western High Plains while a cold front moves into the Northwest half of Minnesota.  Rain will overspread most of the Northland by late tonight as a warm and moist advection pattern occurs ahead of the cold front and area of low pressure.  Stronger winds aloft of 100-130 knots to our southwest and also to our N/NE will also help in generating some rain later tonight.  Low temperatures will be in the 30s and 40s with south, east or north winds at 10 to 20 mph.

Wednesday and Wednesday night (March 30)

A soggy Wednesday ahead as occasional rain affect portions of the area  — An area of low pressure is forecast to track from West Central Nebraska to far Southwest Wisconsin while two cold fronts move south/east through the Northland.  Highs tomorrow will mainly be in the 40s with south, east or north winds at 10 to 15 mph.

Lingering chances for light rain or possibly some snow for Wednesday night but no major snow accumulations are expected the way it looks now.  Lows tomorrow night will be in the 30s with north or northeast winds at 10 to 20 mph.

Extended Forecast – Confidence:  Medium to High.

Thursday through Saturday (March 31-April 2)

Light rain or snow is possible on Thursday as low pressure tracks from Southern Wisconsin to Southeast Ontario Province — That system combined with another disturbance digging south/east toward the Upper Midwest will make things a tad unsettled on Thursday.

Another round of snow or mixed precipitation is possible from Friday PM into Saturday AM as low pressure moves south/east toward the Upper Great Lakes, this system could produce around 1-2″ of snow in parts of the Northland.

Highs on Thursday and Friday are forecast to be in the 30s and 40s with highs on Saturday in the 20s and 30s.  Lows Thursday night and Friday night will be in the 20s and 30s with teens in Northern Minnesota.

Long Range Forecast – Confidence:  Medium to High.

(April 3-7)

Below average temperatures are expected during most of the long range.  Could be some snow or rain mainly in Western-Southern areas on Sunday (3rd)  Another system could bring some rain or snow to the Northland sometime from the 5th-7th.

5 DAY FORECAST FOR DULUTH AND SUPERIOR

.Tonight…  Becoming mostly cloudy.  Rain developing after Midnight.  Low 35 to 40.  Wind south to southwest at 10 to 15 mph with east winds near Lake Superior.

.Wednesday…  Occasional rain.  High 40 to 45.  Wind north to northeast at 10 to 15 mph.

.Wednesday night…  Occasional light rain which could mix with snow at times.  Low 30 to 35.  Wind northeast at 10 to 20 mph.

.Thursday…  Occasional light rain which could mix with snow at times.  High 35 to 38.

.Thursday night…  Mostly cloudy.  Low 25 to 30.

.Friday…  Mostly cloudy.  Rain or snow possible late.  High 35 to 40.

.Friday night…  Snow showers.  Low 20 to 25.

.Saturday…  Partly sunny.  High 30 to 35.

Normal temperatures for Wednesday

High:  40
Low:   23

Sunrise Wednesday:  6:51 AM CDT
Sunset Wednesday:   7:36 PM CDT

Tim


March 28, 2016 Weather Report – Annual snowfall total now over 70" at the Duluth Airport (+24" more than last year) 50s and low 60s on Tuesday, cooler near Lake Superior; Rain moves in Tuesday night. Recap of this past weekend’s snow event and some pics I took included in this post

/Issued 4:27 PM CDT, Monday, March 28, 2016/

Future radar valid for late Tuesday night.  Source, 18z 4km NAM; Pivotalweather.com

Tonight’s low temperature forecast.  Source, National Weather Service Duluth, Minnesota.

Tuesday’s high temperature forecast.  Source, National Weather Service Duluth, Minnesota.

Snowfall map for March 26-27, 2016 ending the morning of March 27.  Source, Midwest Regional Climate Center.

Snowfall map for March 25-26, 2016 ending the morning of March 26.  Source, Midwest Regional Climate Center.

Last week’s temperature departure map.  Near to above average temperatures in all but far Northeast Minnesota and from the Bayfield Peninsula east where below average temperatures occurred last week.

Last week’s departure from normal precipitation.  Near to below average precipitation totals last week in Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin.

A few pictures I took in and near Duluth, Minnesota on March 26-27, 2016.  Enjoy!


Temperature and precipitation report for Duluth, Minnesota (Airport location)

March 20-26, 2016

High temperatures:

3/20:  37 F/+1 degree above normal
3/21:  38 F/+2 degrees above normal
3/22:  32 F/-5 degrees below normal
3/23:  30 F/-7 degrees below normal
3/24:  34 F/-4 degrees below normal
3/25:  45 F/+7 degrees above normal
3/26:  34 F/-5 degrees below normal

Low temperatures:

3/20:  17 F/-2 degrees below normal
3/21:  21 F/+1 degree above normal
3/22:  26 F/+6 degrees above normal
3/23:  21 F/+1 degree above normal
3/24:  21 F/Normal
3/25:  19 F/-2 degrees below normal
3/26:  30 F/+8 degrees above normal

Total precipitation:  0.30″
Normal:  0.36″
Departure:  -0.06″ below normal

Snowfall report through 10 AM today, Sunday, March 27, 2016
Source:  National Weather Service Duluth, Minnesota

2 N of Duluth, MN (St. Louis County)  5.6″
2 N of Moquah, WI (Bayfield County)  5.3″
11 WNW of Whyte, MN (Lake County)  4.0″
1 N of Cloquet, MN (Carlton County)  4.0″
3 NE of Hermantown, MN (St. Louis County)  4.0″  — Official NWS total.

3 N of Mahtowa, MN (Carlton County)  3.9″
2 E of Holyoke, MN (Carlton County)  3.8″
Wrenshall, MN (Carlton County)  3.4″
Ely, MN (St. Louis County)  3.1″
1 SW of Bayfield, WI (Bayfield County)  3.0″

Embarrass, MN (St. Louis County)  3.0″
Ashland, WI (Ashland County)  2.9″
Hoyt Lakes, MN (St. Louis County)  2.8″
1 W of Silver Bay, MN (Lake County)  2.2″
3 SE of Superior, WI (Douglas County)  1.7″
3 SSW of Bruno, MN (Pine County)  2.3″

…A warmer than normal, snowier and wetter than normal March at Duluth, Minnesota…

*Duluth Airport stats from March 1-27, 2016*

Total precipitation:  3.57″
Departure:  +2.30″ above normal

-Last year from March 1-27:  0.66″ of precipitation.

Total snowfall:  17.3″
Departure:  +5.3″ above normal

-Last year from March 1-27:  7.3″ of snow.

Since January 1, 2016:  5.45″ of precipitation
Departure:  +2.41″ above normal

-Last year thru March 27:  1.50″ of precipitation.

Annual snowfall for 2015-16 (Since July 1)  71.5″
Departure:  -6.1″ below normal

-Annual snowfall total for 2014-15 (Thru March 27)  47.2″

Snowfall stats for the winter of 2015-16 at the Duluth Airport
Source:  Midwest Regional Climate Center

Time period:  December 1, 2015 – February 29, 2016

Number of days with >0.1″ snowfall:  41
Average:  36 days

Number of days with >1.0″ snowfall:  15
Average:  13 days

Number of days with >2.0″ snowfall:  8
Average:  4 days

Number of days with >5.0″ snowfall:  2
Average:  2 days

Note:  Above average number of days with 0.1″, 1.0″ and 2.0″ snowfall events with an average number of days with 5.0″ snow events during the winter of 2015-16.

Weather Summary for NE Minnesota and NW Wisconsin
Date:  March 28, 2016

A nice spring day considering the weather we had this past weekend.  High temperatures today ranged from the 30s to around 40 degrees near Lake Superior to the upper 40s and 50s elsewhere in the Northland.  Sky conditions varied between partly sunny and mostly sunny today.  Winds were out of the north, east or south at generally 5 to 15 mph.

Forecast Discussion for NE Minnesota and NW Wisconsin

Short Term Forecast – Confidence:  High.

Tonight (March 28)

A quiet weather night as high pressure moves east out of the Upper Midwest.  Clear to partly cloudy skies are expected with patchy fog possible.  Lows will be in the 20s and 30s with teens possible in far Northeast Minnesota.  Winds will be out of the east or southeast at 5 to 15 mph.

Tuesday and Tuesday night (March 29)

Dry tomorrow under a partly to mostly sunny sky, highs will be in the 50s with near 60 degree temperatures possible in Southern parts of the area, cooler 30s and 40s will be found near Lake Superior.  Winds will be out of the south or east at 10 to 15 mph.

An area of high pressure will head toward the Eastern Great Lakes and Ohio Valley on Tuesday while low pressure tracks into the Northern Plains/Western High Plains — A warm front will lift northeast into the Upper Midwest and this will help in producing some rain by Tuesday night.  Lows tomorrow night will be in the 30s and 40s.  Winds tomorrow night will be out of the south or east at 10 to 15 mph.

Extended Forecast – Confidence:  Low.

Wednesday through Friday (March 30-April 1)

Looking a little wet on Wednesday as a cold front pushes south/east of the Northland while low pressure moves out into the Central Plains — End result from all this will be for some rain to affect the area.

Low pressure is forecast to lift northeast out of the Central Plains from Wednesday night through Thursday while another disturbance digs south/east into the Northern Plains.  A chance for rain or wet snow in our area on Thursday and there is a chance for a band of accumulating snow to setup somewhere over the Upper Midwest with those chances looking greatest in Northern Wisconsin and possibly west into Eastern Minnesota.  Note:  Some changes will probably take place between now and Thursday so check back for updates.

A chance for snow showers and flurries on Friday.

High temperatures on Wednesday and Thursday are expected to be in the 30s and 40s with lows in the 20s and 30s.  Highs on Friday are forecast to be in the 30s.

Long Range Forecast – Confidence:

(April 2-6)

Below to near normal temperatures during the long range with a couple chances for snow or rain.

5 DAY FORECAST FOR DULUTH AND SUPERIOR

.Tonight…  Partly cloudy.  Patchy fog possible late.  Low 25 to 30.  Wind east at 5 to 15 mph.

.Tuesday…  Partly cloudy.  High 50 to 55 but cooler near Lake Superior.  Wind south to southeast at 10 to 20 mph.

.Tuesday night…  Increasing cloudiness.  Rain possible late.  Low 35 to 40.  Wind south at 10 to 15 mph.

.Wednesday…  Occasional rain.  High 35 to 40.

.Wednesday night…  Mostly cloudy.  Low 30 to 35.

.Thursday…  Mostly cloudy.  High 35 to 38.

.Thursday night…  Mostly cloudy.  Low 25 to 30.

.Friday…  Mostly cloudy.  High 30 to 35.

Normal temperatures for Tuesday

High:  40
Low:  23

Sunrise Tuesday:  6:53 AM CDT
Sunset Tuesday:   7:35 PM CDT

Tim

March 26, 2016 Weather Report – More snow on the way tonight followed by melting snow and 40s for Easter Sunday. Snowfall reports from today included in this post

/Issued 6:05 PM CDT, Saturday, March 26, 2016/

Upper Midwest radar loop ending at 5:45 PM CDT today.  Source, WSI.

Blue=Snow
Green=Rain
Pink=Mixed precipitation

Here’s the snowfall accumulation forecast for tonight per 3 PM RAP model.  Note:  Computer models have shifted tonight’s band of snow slightly more to the south meaning far Northwest Wisconsin is more in play vs the North Shore of Lake Superior which may not get much more than a dusting of additional snow tonight.  The Twin Ports appear to be on the border between a few inches of snow tonight or very little snow, thinking right now is will get around 1-2″ of additional snow in Duluth and Superior tonight.

Water vapor satellite image from 5:30 PM CDT today, March 26, 2016 — Low pressure over Western Iowa late this afternoon will track northeast into Western Wisconsin by early Sunday morning, then east from there (Storm track is the black line on the map)

Tonight’s low temperature forecast.  Source, National Weather Service Duluth, Minnesota.

Sunday’s high temperature forecast.  Source, National Weather Service Duluth, Minnesota.


Snowfall report for March 26, 2016
Source:  National Weather Service Duluth, Minnesota

Note:  Totals listed below are from Friday night-Saturday morning (Ending at 10:45 AM today)

Ely, MN (St. Louis County)  3.1″
11 NNW of Whyte, MN (Lake County)  3.0″
6 NNW of Virginia, MN (St. Louis County)  3.0″
Embarrass, MN (St. Louis County)  3.0″
2 N of Duluth, MN (St. Louis County)  2.8″

Winton, MN (St. Louis County)  2.6″
Chisholm, MN (St. Louis County)  2.4″
3 NE of Hermantown, MN (St. Louis County)  2.2″ Official NWS total.
1 N of Cloquet, MN (Carlton County)  2.0″
8 NNW of Coleraine, MN (Itasca County)  2.0″

2 NNW of Washburn, WI (Bayfield County)  1.5″
Wrenshall, MN (Carlton County)  1.4″
4 WNW of Two Harbors, MN (Lake County)  1.3″
Lutsen, MN (Cook County)  1.0″

Weather Summary for NE Minnesota and NW Wisconsin
Date:  March 26, 2016

A wintry day in parts of the Northland.  Low pressure of 1014mb was over Western Iowa late this afternoon with a frontal boundary extending from Southern Minnesota to Northern Wisconsin.  A band of snow or mixed rain and snow affected parts of East Central and Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin this morning with a few inches of slushy snow accumulation — Precipitation tapered off a bit during the afternoon with just a few areas of lingering snow or mixed rain and snow in Eastern Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin.  There’s been some sunshine today in Northwest parts of the area while overcast skies were common elsewhere.  Highs today were in the 30s with 40s in far Southeast parts of Northwest Wisconsin.  Winds today were out of the east or northeast at 5 to 15 mph with higher gusts near Lake Superior.

Short Term Forecast – Confidence:  Medium to High.

Tonight (March 26)

An area of low pressure will lift northeast from Western Iowa to West Central Wisconsin by daybreak.  This system will produce snow and rain tonight in Eastern Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin with the greatest chance for all snow occurring north of a line from Pine City to Hayward; Precipitation along and south of that line should be in the form of rain or a mixture of rain, wet snow and sleet.

Low temperatures will be in the 20s and 30s with north or east winds at 5 to 15 mph with higher gusts continuing near Lake Superior.

Sunday and Sunday night (March 27)

Low pressure will move east out of Western Wisconsin tomorrow — Lingering snow or rain is possible mainly tomorrow morning in Eastern Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin with generally dry conditions area-wide for Sunday afternoon and Sunday night, however, a weak system approaching from the northwest could go on to produce a few spotty showers during the afternoon-early evening hours in parts of Northern Minnesota.

Highs on Easter will be in the 30s and 40s with 50s even possible in far Western areas, lows Sunday night in the 20s and 30s.  Winds will be out of the north, east or west at 10 to 20 mph.

Extended Forecast – Confidence:  Medium.

Monday through Wednesday (March 28-30)

Mainly dry on Monday with highs in the 40s to around 50 degrees with 30s near Lake Superior, lows Monday night will be in the 20s and 30s.  High pressure is forecast to extend from Ontario Province south through the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes on Monday.

Tuesday looks dry with rain possible by Tuesday night as a storm system develops over the Rockies.  Highs on Tuesday will be in the 40s and 50s with 30s near Lake Superior.  Lows Tuesday night will be in the 30s.

Low pressure is forecast to move out into the Central Plains on Wednesday — This system could bring some rain or mixed rain and snow to the Nortland during the middle of the week.  Gusty east winds will also be possible near Lake Superior depending on the track of this storm.  Highs on Wednesday are expected to be in the 30s and 40s.

Long Range Forecast – Confidence:  High.

(March 31-April 4)

Snow or rain is possible on Thursday (31st) as low pressure passes south/east of the Northland.  Snow showers are possible on Friday-Saturday (April 1-2) This activity would be caused by a vigorous disturbance which digs southeast into the Upper Midwest, a shot of very cold air will follow as this system exits to the east.  Below average temperatures are forecast during the long range with the coldest temperatures expected from April 2-4 the way it looks now.

5 DAY FORECAST FOR DULUTH AND SUPERIOR

.Tonight…  Breezy with light snow.  New snowfall accumulations of around 1-2″ possible.  Low 28 to 32.  Wind east to northeast at 10 to 20 mph with higher gusts.

.Easter Sunday…  Light snow possible early under mostly cloudy skies.  Some clearing developing during the afternoon.  High 39 to 44.  Wind north to northwest at 10 to 20 mph.

.Sunday night…  Partly to mostly cloudy.  Low 27 to 32.  Wind variable around 10 mph.

.Monday…  Partly cloudy.  High 38 to 43.

.Monday night…  Partly cloudy.  Low 25 to 30.

.Tuesday…  Partly to mostly cloudy.  High 38 to 43.

.Tuesday night…  Mostly cloudy.  Low 30 to 33.

.Wednesday…  Rain or snow possible.  High 33 to 36.

Normal temperatures for Sunday

High:  39
Low:   22

Sunrise Sunday:  6:57 AM CDT
Sunset Sunday:   7:32 PM CDT

Tim

March 25, 2016 Weather Report – Wet snow and rain on the way; A few slushy inches of snow accumulation possible by Saturday in parts of the Northland

/Issued 5:27 PM CDT, Friday, March 25, 2016/


Here’s how much snow could accumulate through 6 PM Saturday.  This will be a wet and heavy snowfall so it will compact and melt at times.  Note:  Another band of wet snow could affect parts of the Northland Saturday night and early Sunday morning but computer models aren’t in the best agreement on where that second band of snow could setup for tomorrow night.  Source, 20z RAP model.




















Forecast maps for Saturday.  Source, Weather Prediction Center.

Blue=Snow
Green=Rain
Purple/orange areas=Mixed precipitation









































Tonight’s low temperature forecast.  Source, National Weather Service Duluth, Minnesota.



















Saturday’s high temperature forecast.  Source, National Weather Service Duluth, Minnesota.




















The first couple days of April still look cold across a large portion of the U.S.















Weather Summary for NE Minnesota and NW Wisconsin
Date:  March 25, 2016

A pretty nice spring day in parts of the Northland today while other areas had a not so nice day.  A cold front stretched from West Central to Northern Minnesota late this afternoon with low pressure of 1006mb over Southern South Dakota; High pressure of 1018mb was over the Eastern Great Lakes and Ohio Valley.  Highs today ranged from the 40s to around 50 degrees from the Iron Range and North Shore down to the Brainerd Lakes, east through all of Northwest Wisconsin under partly sunny to mostly cloudy skies.  Far Northern Minnesota has had some wet snow or mixed rain and snow from time to time today under overcast skies which kept temperatures in the 30s.  Winds today were out of the south, southwest or north at 5 to 15 mph with higher gusts.

Forecast Discussion for NE Minnesota and NW Wisconsin

Short Term Forecast – Confidence:  Medium.

Tonight (March 25)

Rain and wet snow tonight as a cold front pushes south/east out of Western and Northern Minnesota — This front is forecast to move into Eastern Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin by daybreak.  

Precipitation during the evening hours should fall as rain except in far Northern Minnesota where rain or wet snow will occur.  By late tonight, rain will mix with and change to wet snow from NW-SE thanks to cooler temperatures which will move in later tonight.  

Note:  Eastern Minnesota and most of Northwest Wisconsin will probably have precipitation primarily in the form of rain through the night.

Low temperatures tonight will be in the 20s and 30s with north, east or south winds at 5 to 15 mph.

Saturday and Saturday night (March 26)

Wet, white and cool.  A cold front pushes south/east of the Northland tomorrow while low pressure moves slowly northeast out of Iowa/Southern Minnesota.  Wet snow and rain is expected to continue through Saturday night with highs tomorrow in the 30s with 40s possible in parts of Eastern Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin.  Lows Saturday night will be in the 20s and 30s.  South, north or east winds tomorrow at 10 to 15 mph with north or east winds tomorrow night at 10 to 20 mph.

Extended Forecast – Confidence:  High.

Easter Sunday through Tuesday (March 27-29)

Areas of light snow could linger into Easter morning in parts of Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin with dry weather returning from Sunday afternoon through most of Tuesday before rain chances move in for Tuesday night.

High temperatures on Sunday will be in the 30s and 40s with lows Sunday night in the 20s and 30s.  Highs on Monday will be in the 40s and 50s with cooler temperatures near Lake Superior.  Lows Monday night will be in the 20s and 30s.  Highs on Tuesday are expected to be in the 40s and 50s with cooler temperatures near Lake Superior.

Long Range Forecast – Confidence:  Medium.

(March 30-April 4)

A chance of rain on Wednesday (30th) Rain could change to some snow Wednesday night and Thursday.  Low pressure is forecast to develop over the Rockies before it lifts northeast toward the Great Lakes during the middle/end of next week, this system should bring some rain and possibly some snow to the Northland unless the storm track shifts farther south in coming days.  Near to above average temperatures are expected from March 30th-31st.

Much colder temperatures still look to move in from April 1st-4th with record or near record cold possible across the Northland.

5 DAY FORECAST FOR DULUTH AND SUPERIOR

.Tonight…  Rain developing before Midnight.  Rain could mix with or change to wet snow overnight.  Low 31 to 34.  Wind south to southwest at 10 to 20 mph becoming northeast late.

.Saturday…  Occasional wet snow or rain.  Slushy snowfall accumulations of around 1″ possible.  High 34 to 37.  Wind east to northeast at 10 to 20 mph.

.Saturday night…  Occasional wet snow or rain.  Slushy snowfall accumulations of around 1″ possible.  Low 30 to 33.  Wind east to northeast at 10 to 20 mph.

.Easter Sunday…  Snow showers possible early otherwise partly to mostly cloudy.  High 35 to 40.

.Sunday night…  Partly to mostly cloudy.  Low 27 to 32.

.Monday…  Partly cloudy.  High 38 to 43.

.Monday night…  Partly cloudy.  Low 25 to 30.

.Tuesday…  Increasing cloudiness.  High 40 to 45  but cooler near Lake Superior.

Normal temperatures for Saturday

High:  39
Low:   22

Sunrise Saturday:  6:59 AM CDT
Sunset Saturday:   7:30 PM CDT

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