/Issued 4:57 PM CST, Tuesday, January 2, 2018/
You don’t see this very often, winter storm warnings (pink shaded area on map) as far south as north Florida, also included in the winter storm warning is parts of south Georgia, parts of eastern South and North Carolina. Note: These winter weather headlines are in effect for Wednesday into early Thursday morning the farther northeast you go.
18z NAM from 1.02.2018 valid for late Thursday afternoon. There is a potential for a powerful winter storm to impact portions of the northeast U.S. on Thursday – The map below shows the forecast radar and low pressure position for late Thursday afternoon. Blue is snow, green is rain.
18z NAM 3km model from 1.02.2018 – Simulated satellite forecast from Wednesday morning through early Friday morning. This storm will be a beast! Hurricane force winds over the Atlantic Ocean. Low pressure deepens from ~994mb to ~950mb!
Snowed today in….The Gulf of Mexico! Now that’s unusual (Blue color=snow)
2017 Annual Climate Summaries for Duluth and International Falls, Minnesota
December 2017 Climate Summaries for select cities
International Falls, Minnesota
Average temperature: 5.9 degrees
Departure: -3.8 degrees below normal
Total precipitation: 1.16 inches
Departure: +0.35 inches above normal
Total snowfall: 16.4 inches
Departure: +1.4 inches above normal
Average temperature: 10.5 degrees
Departure: -4.3 degrees below normal
Total precipitation: 0.83 inches
Departure: -0.38 inches below normal
Total snowfall: 13.4 inches
Departure: -4.3 inches below normal
Average temperature: 12.4 degrees
Departure: -2.9 degrees below normal
Total precipitation: 0.89 inches
Departure: +0.08 inches above normal
Total snowfall: 11.4 inches
Departure: +1.7 inches above normal
Average temperature: 13.8 degrees
Departure: -4.7 degrees below normal
Total precipitation: 2.14 inches
Departure: -0.43 inches below normal
Total snowfall: 38.0 inches
Departure: -4.8 inches below normal
St. Cloud, Minnesota
Average temperature: 14.9 degrees
Departure: -1.0 degree below normal
Total precipitation: 0.44 inches
Departure: -0.38 inches below normal
Total snowfall: 3.6 inches
Departure: -5.8 inches below normal
Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Average temperature: 16.1 degrees
Departure: -2.7 degrees below normal
Total precipitation: 0.91 inches
Departure: -0.09 inches below normal
Total snowfall: 7.3 inches
Departure: -2.2 inches below normal
Average temperature: 18.9 degrees
Departure: -0.8 degrees below normal
Total precipitation: 0.79 inches
Departure: -0.37 inches below normal
Total snowfall: 6.4 inches
Departure: -5.5 inches below normal
Some of us in the Northland had double digit high temperatures today, first time that’s happened in over a week! Highs today were in the single digits to lower teens above zero. Changes are already occurring though as the next blast of arctic air drops south out of central Canada. 850mb temperatures late this afternoon ranged from -22C north of Lake Superior to -14C in central Minnesota. There is a cold front pushing south/east across the Northland this afternoon, and this front did produce some light snow in our area today with accumulations generally around a dusting to one half inch.
Tonight through Thursday: Cold front will exit the Northland to the south/east this evening, then high pressure will build east/southeast out of the northern Plains. Snow showers and flurries will taper off this evening which will be followed by partly to mostly cloudy skies tonight, and partly cloudy to mostly sunny skies for Wednesday and Thursday. Lows tonight will be in the single digits below to around 20 below zero. Highs Wednesday and Thursday in the single digits below to single digits above zero. Lows Wednesday night will be in the teens, 20s and 30s below zero. Wind chills will also be dangerously cold late tonight/Wednesday morning, and again Wednesday night and Thursday night. Wind chill values 20 below to 30 below tonight, possibly in the 20 below to 45 below zero range for Wednesday night and Thursday night.
Forecast for Duluth and Superior
Event: *Wind Chill Advisory for Duluth*
Timing: Midnight tonight to 10 AM CST Wednesday
.Tonight… Very cold. Snow showers and flurries early, then partly to mostly cloudy. Low 5 below to 10 below. Wind becoming northwest at 10 to 20 mph. Wind chills 20 below to 30 below.
.Wednesday… Very cold. Partly cloudy. High 1 below to 4 above. Wind northwest at 10 to 20 mph. Morning wind chills 20 below to 30 below.
.Thursday… Very cold. Partly cloudy. High 1 below to 4 above. Wind northwest at 10 to 15 mph.
Normal temperatures for Wednesday
Sunrise Wednesday: 7:54 AM CST
Sunset Wednesday: 4:33 PM CST