/Issued 5:45 PM CDT, Friday, October 27, 2017/
Winter Storm Warning in effect for the South Shore of Lake Superior in northwest Wisconsin (Pink area on map) Note: Expiration times shown on map.
Radar loop ending at 5:15 PM CDT, October 27, 2017.
Blue is snow
Green is rain
Today’s storm as seen on water vapor satellite imagery.
Note: Well, the first winter storm of the season did not disappoint! Actually, this storm overachieved especially in the Twin Ports area with snowfall totals of 10 inches on top of the hill, while below the hill (closer to Lake Superior) snowfall totals ranged from a trace right by the lake to between 3 and 6 inches away from the lake. Rain changed over to snow early Friday morning on top of the hill with a few inches of accumulation already by daybreak. Near Lake Superior rain fell during the early morning hours, but snow started to mix in after 3 AM today — A complete change over to snow near Lake Superior occurred after 6 AM today with near whiteout conditions at times this morning because of the falling snow and 30-40 mph north winds which produced considerable blowing snow. Nothing like easing slowly into winter, right?
Duluth News Tribune story about today’s winter storm: http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/news/4350193-photos-video-brighton-beach-parts-lakewalk-closed-due-storm-damage
Link to Minnesota road conditions: https://lb.511mn.org/mnlb/winterdriving/routeselect.jsf
Link to Wisconsin road conditions: https://511wi.gov/map#:Alerts
Power outages maps
Minnesota Power http://outagemap.mnpower.com/external/default.html
Lake Country Power http://mi.lcp.coop:82/#viewer-menu-parent
Snowfall reports from around the Northland for October 27, 2017
Scanlon, MN 1 NW: 10.9 inches
Duluth, MN (Airport) 10.2 inches
Finland, MN: 10.0 inches
Holyoke, MN: 9.0 inches
Chisholm, MN: 8.3 inches
Esko, MN: 8.0 inches
Moose Lake, MN: 8.0 inches
Silver Bay, MN: 7.6 inches
Twig, MN: 7.0 inches
Hibbing, MN: 6.5 inches
Northome, MN: 6.4 inches
Ely, MN: 6.0 inches
Proctor, MN: 6.0 inches
Island Lake, MN: 6.0 inches
Grand Marais, MN 21 N: 5.8 inches
Two Harbors, MN 7 NW: 5.1 inches
Grand Rapids, MN: 5.0 inches
Crosby, MN: 5.0 inches
Hoyt Lakes, MN: 5.0 inches
Congdon Park, MN: 4.0 inches
Pine River, MN 7 WSW: 3.9 inches
Hinckley, MN: 3.5 inches
Breezy Point, MN: 2.5 inches
Gile, WI: 2.5 inches
Peak wind gusts for October 27, 2017
Duluth Harbor: 63 mph
Devils Island: 57 mph
Bay of Grand Marais: 49 mph
Silver Bay Marine: 48 mph
Superior Airport: 44 mph
Duluth Airport: 40 mph
Snowfall records were smashed at Duluth, Minnesota today
Daily snowfall record broken for October 27
New record: 10.2 inches (through 5 PM today)
Previous record: 4.2 inches set in 2010
A single day snowfall record broken for October at Duluth, Minnesota
New record: 10.2 inches (through 5 PM today, October 27, 2017)
Previous record: 10.0 inches on October 23, 1933
A chilly pattern into next week. Snow lingers tonight and Saturday along the South Shore of Lake Superior with several more inches of snow likely by Saturday afternoon especially over Ashland and Iron County. The rest of the Northland will have lingering clouds and snow flurries tonight followed by partly sunny to mostly cloudy skies for Saturday. Lows tonight in the 20s to lower 30s with teens possible if skies clear enough before daybreak. Highs Saturday in the 30s to around 40 degrees.
Low pressure centered over northeast Wisconsin early this evening will move slowly E/NE reaching eastern Ontario Province by Sunday morning — This system will continue to bring some wrap around snow to northwest Wisconsin tonight with lingering lake effect snow on Saturday in favored N-NW flow areas.
The next low pressure system to affect the area will do so on Sunday as low pressure drops SE out of western Manitoba Province — Looks like we could get some snow showers or mixed rain/snow showers with this system on Sunday which will be followed by a shot of cold temperatures for next Monday and for Halloween with potential for some snow showers and flurries.
Note: Use caution if you have travel plans around the Northland tonight with snow covered and slippery road conditions continuing in parts of the area, also any melting that took place this afternoon could refreeze tonight as temperatures drop below freezing.