/Issued 5:08 PM CST, Tuesday, December 5, 2017/
Intense area of low pressure north of Lake Superior this afternoon won’t move much through Wednesday as it heads toward southern Hudson Bay, but by Thursday this area of low pressure will head into northeast Canada, well away from the Northland.
Water vapor satellite loop tracking the progression of today’s powerful low passing north of Lake Superior
Two distinct areas of heaviest snowfall from Monday through early Tuesday morning, one was over northwest Minnesota, the other affecting portions of southern Minnesota into northwest Wisconsin, the area in between didn’t get much snow at all, that included the majority of northeast Minnesota where the snowfall forecast busted big time!
Snowfall Reports from around the Northland for December 4-5, 2017
Seeley, WI 2 WNW: 6.0 in
Saxon, WI 1 WSW: 6.0 in
Mellen, WI 2 NNW: 5.8 in
New Post, WI: 5.8 in
Sarona, WI: 5.8 in
Bayfield, WI 3 SW: 5.0 in
Washburn, WI: 5.0 in
Bayfield, WI 9 N: 4.6 in
Mellen, WI: 4.0 in
Clam Lake, WI 4 W: 4.0 in
Gordon, WI: 3.6 in
Manitou, MN 4 E: 3.1 in
Birchwood, WI: 3.0 in
Ashland, WI: 2.6 in
Solon Springs, WI 2 N: 2.2 in
Maple, WI 1 WSW: 2.2 in
Kabetogama, MN: 2.0 in
Grand Marais, MN 4 W: 1.9 in
Northome, MN: 1.7 in
International Falls, MN: 1.0 in
Virginia, MN 1 N: 1.0 in
Orr, MN 3 E: 1.0 in
Park Falls, WI 5 N: 1.0 in
*Precipitation total of 0.11 inches at the Duluth Airport on December 4 was the first measurable precipitation (0.01″ or greater total) since November 24.
*Our last 1.0 inch or greater snowfall at the Duluth Airport occurred on November 10! Been a while, and will be waiting a while longer until our next 1.0 inch snowfall.
Will keep some clouds, gusty winds and occasional flurries/snow showers into Wednesday but little in the way of accumulation, maybe a half inch at most. Lows tonight ranging from around zero to the lower teens with highs Wednesday in the teens to around 20 degrees. West winds will shift out of the northwest with gusts of 25 to around 40 mph continuing through Wednesday.
Note: Will finally get rid of the gusty winds on Thursday as the intense surface low north of our area today heads farther away reaching northeastern portions of Canada later this week.
Note: Keeping an eye on a potential visit from the Polar Vortex sometime next week, (December 12-14) If it comes far enough south, then we could be looking at daytime highs around zero with overnight lows from 10 below to 20 below, maybe even colder up north. Stay tuned!
Forecast for Duluth and Superior
.Tonight… Windy. Flurries and snow showers. Partly to mostly cloudy. Low 9 to 14. Wind west at 15 to 25 mph with gusts over 30 mph.
.Wednesday… Windy. Clouds/Sun. Flurries. High 17 to 21. Wind northwest at 15 to 25 mph with gusts over 30 mph.
.Thursday… Partly to mostly cloudy. High 15 to 20. Wind west at 10 to 15 mph.
Normal temperatures for Wednesday
Sunrise Wednesday: 7:39 AM CST
Sunset Wednesday: 4:21 PM CST