/Issued 5:49 PM CST, Wednesday, January 3, 2018/
Numerous winter weather headlines in effect over the eastern U.S. through Thursday.
Goes-16 water vapor satellite imagery from early Wednesday evening, January 3, 2018.
Goes-16 water vapor satellite loop from January 3, 2018 – Developing Nor’easter today!
18z NAM 3km model – Simulated radar forecast beginning late tonight, ending early Friday morning. A major winter storm set to impact the northeast U.S. on Thursday with heavy snow and fierce winds causing whiteout and blizzard conditions.
18z NAM-Nest 3km model – Simulated wind gust forecast starting late tonight, ending early Friday morning. Potential for wind gusts of 40-55 mph on Thursday with gusts >60 mph possible. Hurricane force wind gusts >75 mph are expected over the Atlantic Ocean from this powerful Nor’easter.
24-hour snowfall reports for January 2-3, 2018
Gile, WI: 5.0 in
Bayfield, WI 1 SW: 4.3 in
Bayfield, WI 9 N: 4.2 in
Isabella, MN 14 W: 4.0 in
Hurley, WI: 4.0 in
Babbit, MN: 3.1 in
Glidden, WI: 3.0 in
Mellen, WI 2 NNW: 2.8 in
Ely, MN 25 E: 2.6 in
Butternut, WI 3 N: 2.5 in
Hovland, MN: 1.7 in
Ashland, WI: 1.6 in
Brimson, MN 2 S: 1.2 in
Winton, MN: 1.2 in
Phillips, WI 1 S: 1.2 in
Grand Marais, MN 4 W: 1.1 in
Cook, MN: 1.0 in
Duluth Airport: 0.4 in
International Falls, MN: 0.3 in
*15 days in a row with a subzero low temperature at International Falls, Minnesota (Dec 20 -Jan 3)
*11 days in a row with a subzero low temperature at Duluth, Minnesota (Dec 24-Jan 3)
A very cold day but with a lot of sun, highs today were in the single digits below to single digits above zero.
Tonight through Friday: Bitterly cold temperatures with dry weather as arctic high pressure remains nearly stationary over/near the upper Midwest. 850mb temperatures from -18 to -22C early this evening will bottom out in the -22 to -25C range for Thursday and Friday. Lows tonight, Thursday night and Friday night will be in the teens, 20s and 30s below with highs Thursday and Friday in the single digits below to single digits above zero. Winds to around 15 mph at times will cause dangerous wind chill values of -20 to -40 tonight through Thursday morning, and again Thursday night through Friday morning.
Note: Our next shot for a little snow looks to occur Saturday evening or Saturday night.
5 Day Forecast for Duluth and Superior
Event: *Wind Chill Advisory*
Timing: Until 11 AM CST Thursday
.Tonight… Bitterly cold. Mostly clear. Low 15 below to 20 below. Wind northwest at 5 to 15 mph. Wind chills 20 below to 30 below.
.Thursday… Frigid. Mostly sunny. High 2 below to 3 above zero. Wind northwest at 10 to 15 mph. Morning wind chills 20 below to 30 below.
.Friday… Frigid. Mostly sunny. High 2 below to 3 above zero. Wind northwest at 10 to 15 mph.
Normal temperatures for Thursday
Sunrise Thursday: 7:54 AM CST
Sunset Thursday: 4:34 PM CST