/Issued 5:38 PM CST, Thursday, December 28, 2017/
Here’s a look at Friday’s forecast. The next clipper is expected to remain west/south of the Northland, but some snow is expected to impact parts of southern Minnesota Friday due to that clipper that’ll miss our local area.
National Weather Service low temperature forecast
*108 consecutive hours with a below zero temperature at International Falls, Minnesota, but at 1 PM today, December 28, the temperature FINALLY climbed above zero!
*After having an average monthly temperature that was above normal most of this month, the recent cold snap has dropped the average monthly temperature below normal. Going into today, December 28, here are the temperature departures for the month — Duluth: -1.6 degrees below normal. International Falls: -1.1 degrees below normal.
Link to road conditions
Wisconsin – https://511wi.gov/map
Some snow did fall today but it really didn’t amount to a whole heck of a lot thanks to the very cold/dry airmass that’s in place. Snowflake size was very small today because of the cold temperatures, and thus snowfall amounts were generally in the half inch to one inch range across the Northland, this was still enough snow, however, to produce slippery road conditions since the chemicals applied to roads doesn’t work very well when it’s this cold. Highs today managed to hit zero or even a few degrees above zero which is the warmest temperatures we’ve had since this past weekend!
Tonight: Partly to mostly cloudy skies with lingering flurries and light snow showers mainly this evening. Lows will be in the single digits, teens and 20s below zero.
Friday through Sunday: Arctic air with mainly dry weather for our area. A strong area of high pressure >1050mb will build southeast out of western Canada while a low pressure trough stalls out over the Great Lakes. Northwest flow between the high to our west and low to the east will result in cold arctic air locking into place through the weekend and possibly beyond. Daytime highs on Friday will be in the single digits below to single digits above zero, highs for Saturday and New Year’s Eve are forecast to be in the single digits and teens below zero. Lows Friday night, Saturday night and Sunday night will be in the teens, 20s and 30s below zero with a few 40s below possible in the typical cold spots Saturday night and or Sunday night. Expect dangerously cold wind chills at times through Sunday, ranging from 25 below to around 50 below zero.
Forecast for Duluth and Superior
Event: *Wind Chill Advisory for Duluth*
Timing: 3 AM to 8 AM CST Friday
.Tonight… Very cold. Clear to partly cloudy. Low 7 below to 12 below. Wind becoming northwest at 10 to 15 mph. Wind chills 20 below to 30 below.
.Friday… Very cold. Partly to mostly cloudy. Flurries possible. High 0 to 5 above. Wind northwest at 10 to 20 mph. Morning wind chills 20 below to 30 below.
.Saturday… Very cold. Mostly sunny. High 2 below to 7 below. Wind northwest at 10 to 20 mph.
Normal temperatures for Friday
Sunrise Friday: 7:54 AM CST
Sunset Friday: 4:28 PM CST