/Issued 6:17 PM CDT, Tuesday, March 27, 2018/
18z NAM-Nest model — Simulated radar forecast for Wednesday (4 AM to 7 PM) A cold front will be moving through the Northland on Wednesday with a few rain showers possible as that boundary moves through. A few snow showers are also possible especially near the Canadian border.
Snowfall Reports from March 26, 2018
8 NNW Coleraine, MN: 8.5 inches
Deer River, MN: 8.5 inches
12 N Grand Rapids, MN: 8.5 inches
Cohasset, MN: 8.0 inches
Crane Lake, MN: 7.0 inches
Virginia, MN: 7.0 inches
Longville, MN: 7.0 inches
3 E Orr, MN: 6.2 inches
Chisholm, MN: 6.1 inches
Tamarack, MN: 6.0 inches
Breezy Point, MN: 6.0 inches
2 E Celina, MN: 6.0 inches
7 WSW Pine River, MN: 6.0 inches
Lake Nebagamon, WI: 5.8 inches
Hibbing, MN: 5.5 inches
Cook, MN: 5.5 inches
Aitkin, MN: 5.0 inches
Cass Lake, MN: 5.0 inches
International Falls, MN: 4.2 inches
Embarrass, MN: 4.0 inches
Cloquet, MN: 3.5 inches
Babbit, MN: 3.2 inches
3 E Wright, MN: 3.1 inches
6 NE Hertel, WI: 2.6 inches
3 SE Cotton, MN: 2.5 inches
Duluth Airport: 2.4 inches
Gordon, WI: 2.2 inches
Hovland, MN: 2.0 inches
Ashland, WI: 1.8 inches
Grantsburg, WI: 1.3 inches
*Record Event for March 26, 2018*
Snowiest March 26 on record at International Falls, Minnesota with a snowfall total on Monday of 4.0 inches. This breaks the previous record of 3.0 inches set on March 26, 1909.
-3rd greatest precipitation total on record at International Falls, Minnesota on March 26, 2018 (0.34 inches) Wettest March 26 on record occurred in 1961 with 0.43 inches of precipitation.
Note: 2.3 inches of snow at the Duluth Airport on Monday, March 26, 2018 — This was the 5th snowiest March 26 on record. Snowiest March 26 occurred in 1995 with 4.5 inches of snow.
A very nice spring day once the clouds moved out. Sunshine was in abundance in our area by mid afternoon and temperatures responded by climbing into the 40s which is close to average or a few degrees above average for late March.
High pressure will remain in control of our weather tonight but clouds will be increasing as the next system approaches from the west. Lows will be in the 20s and 30s.
For Wednesday, expect partly to mostly cloudy skies. A cold front will move across the area with southwesterly breezes ahead of the front turning to the northwest behind it. It’ll be a mild day with highs in the 40s to lower 50s with slightly cooler temperatures in far northern Minnesota (35 to 40 degrees) that area could also see a few rain or mixed rain-snow showers with a few rain showers possible farther south into east central Minnesota and far northwest Wisconsin.
Note: Wednesday looks like the last real mild day around here for a while as winds aloft turn out of the northwest which will allow cold Canadian air to penetrate south into the northern Plains and upper Midwest. There is a chance for record or near record cold across the Northland this weekend through next week, and some locations could dip to zero or below zero for overnight lows.
There is also a chance that we get some more snow later this week. Thursday night-Friday morning, and again Friday evening-Saturday morning are the two time frames that could produce some accumulating snow in parts of the area but there are major model differences between the drier GFS model to the much snowier European model especially for the Friday evening-Saturday system.
Forecast for Duluth and Superior
.Tonight… Clear with skies becoming partly to mostly cloudy. Low 27 to 32. Wind southwest at 10 to 15 mph.
.Wednesday… Partly to mostly cloudy. A few rain showers possible. High 43 to 48. Wind south to southwest at 10 to 20 mph.
.Thursday… Partly to mostly cloudy. Cooler. High 32 to 37. Wind northwest at 10 to 20 mph.
Normal temperatures for Wednesday
Sunrise Wednesday: 6:56 AM CDT
Sunset Wednesday: 7:33 PM CDT