/Issued 5:03 PM CDT, Sunday, April 8, 2018/
Snow continues to fall late this afternoon south of the Northland, the snow is moving to the east/southeast.
Link to Minnesota Road Conditions – https://lb.511mn.org//mnlb/winterdriving/routeselect.jsf
Goes-16 water vapor satellite loop from April 8, 2018. Nice looking system heading southeast out of the Dakotas today.
Temperature departure map for the week of April 1, 2018 — About as cold a week as you’ll ever get around here in April, incredible temperature departures across the Northland last week.
Precipitation departure map for the week of April 1, 2018 — Below average precipitation last week in all of northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin.
Temperature and Precipitation report for Duluth, Minnesota
April 1-7, 2018
Note: *=Record cold high temperature broken or tied
High Temperatures/Departure from Average
4/1: 29 F/-12 degrees below average
4/2: 31 F/-11 degrees below average
4/3: 27 F/-16 degrees below average
4/4: 31 F/-12 degrees below average
4/5: 30 F/-14 degrees below average
4/6: *21 F/-23 degrees below average
4/7: 29 F/-16 degrees below average
Low Temperatures/Departure from Average
4/1: 4 F/-20 degrees below average
4/2: 13 F/-11 degrees below average
4/3: 19 F/-6 degrees below average
4/4: 9 F/-16 degrees below average
4/5: 13 F/-13 degrees below average
4/6: 13 F/-13 degrees below average
4/7: 10 F/-16 degrees below average
Note: Average temperature for the week of April 8, 2018: 19.9 degrees (-14.2 degrees below average) Source: https://www.dnr.state.mn.us
Total Precipitation: 0.14 inches
Average: 0.45 inches
Departure: -0.31 inches below average
State Average for Minnesota for the week of April 1, 2018
Temperature: 19.4 degrees
Departure: -18.7 degrees below average
Precipitation: 0.30 inches
Departure: -0.18 inches below average
Low Temperature Reports from Sunday morning, April 8, 2018
Embarrass, MN: -10 F
Grand Marais Airport: -8 F
Crane Lake, MN: -8 F
Orr, MN: -6 F
Bigfork, MN: -6 F
Ely, MN: -6 F
Glidden, WI: -6 F
7 WNW Minong, WI: -6 F
4 W Clam Lake, WI: -5 F
Phillips, WI: -5 F
Chisholm-Hibbing Airport: -4 F
3 N Butternut, WI: -4 F
Northome, MN: -4 F
Cook, MN: -4 F
International Falls, MN: -3 F
1 S Hill City, MN: -3 F
Hayward, WI: -2 F
Moose Lake, MN: -2 F
Pine River, MN: -2 F
Walker, MN: -2 F
Siren, WI: -1 F
Cloquet, MN: 0 F
Aitkin, MN: 0 F
Hinckley, MN: 1 F
Silver Bay, MN: 1 F
Duluth Airport: 2 F
Ashland, WI: 4 F
Superior, WI: 8 F
Duluth Harbor: 12 F
•Last 7 days: 1,291 record low temperatures in the U.S. and 412 snowfall records. Source: https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov
•Last 30 days: 2,225 record low temperatures in the U.S. and 1,159 snowfall records. Source: https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov
•Last 30 days: More record low temperatures (2,225) vs. record high temperatures (1,238) in the U.S. Source: https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov
•2nd coldest low temperature on record for April 7 at Brainerd, Minnesota with a low on Saturday of 5 degrees. The record low for April 7 is 0 degrees set in 1936.
•4th coldest high temperature on record for April 7 at International Falls, Minnesota with a high on Saturday of 25 degrees. The record cold high for April 7 is 12 degrees set in 1997. 3rd coldest low temperature on record for April 7 with a low on Saturday of 3 degrees. The record low for April 7 is -9 degrees set in 1982.
•4th coldest high temperature on record for April 7 at Hibbing, Minnesota with a high on Saturday of 27 degrees. The record cold high for April 7 is 14 degrees set in 1997. 2nd coldest low temperature on record for April 7 with a low on Saturday of 5 degrees. The record low for April 7 is 0 degrees set in 1982.
•5th coldest low temperature on record for April 7 at Duluth, Minnesota with a low temp on Saturday of 10 degrees. The record low for April 7 is 2 degrees set in 1936.
•5th coldest high temperature on record for April 7 at Ashland, Wisconsin with a high on Saturday of 29 degrees. The record cold high for April 7 is 22 degrees set in 1920.
Coldest first 7 days of April on record in parts of the Northland
International Falls, Minnesota
Average Temperature from April 1-7: 14.6 degrees (Coldest on record dating back to 1897)
Average Temperature from April 1-7: 15.9 degrees (Coldest on record dating back to 1938)
Note: Brainerd, Minnesota was just 0.3 degrees shy of tying its coldest first 7 days of April with an average temperature from April 1-7, 2018 of 17.3 degrees (Coldest April 1-7 on record is 17.0 degrees set in 1975, records go back to 1899)
*Record Low Temperatures across the Northland this morning, April 8, 2018*
New Record: -4 degrees
Old Record: 3 degrees set in 1972
International Falls, Minnesota
New Record: -3 degrees
Old Record: 2 degrees set in 1950 and tied in 1989
New Record: 0 degrees
Old Record: 5 degrees set in 1997
New Record: 2 degrees
Old Record: 5 degrees set in 1885 and tied in 1972 and 1974
Starting with some positive weather news — The Duluth Airport finally hit the freezing mark today with a temperature of 32 degrees at 3 PM (April 8) This is the first time at or above freezing since March 29, or about 216 hours ago (Give or take) Impressive to go that long with a sub-freezing temperature given the longer days this time of year, and also the fact that we had several days with lots of sunshine!
High pressure stretched from Manitoba Province to the Great Lakes with low pressure over the western High Plains this afternoon. Snow has been falling today from eastern South Dakota to southern Minnesota and Iowa with several inches of snow reported in some locations. Our area is far enough north from the low responsible in producing today’s snow, so our area stayed dry with just an increase in clouds.
Partly to mostly cloudy skies can be expected in our area through Tuesday. There could be a little snow mainly this evening over the southwest portion of the Northland (Brainerd Lakes area) otherwise mainly dry weather through Monday night.
Lows tonight will range from around zero and single digits above where skies clear, well lows in the teens and 20s are likely where skies remain overcast. Highs Monday will be in the 30s to lower 40s.
Tuesday’s highs will also be in the 30s to lower 40s, and there could be a few snow or rain showers in parts of the area as a weak wave passes through.
The first of two potential storm systems arrive midweek, the second one later this week. The first one for Wednesday is more of a clipper type system with most of the rain or snow affecting northern Minnesota the way it looks now, still some uncertainty with this system, and whether or not it will produce any accumulating snow or not.
The second storm for late this week could be a big one, but again there are differences in the storm track and also on how quick or slow this system moves through. The trend seen in the 12z run today is for a more progressive system especially per Euro model data, basically the Euro has come around to the GFS and Canadian models which have shown a faster moving storm compared to the Euro. Also have some concerns on what if any influence a strong high to our north will have on the storm track, will it shift it further south compared to what the computer models have been showing lately?
Computer models continue to show a significant winter storm affecting parts of northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin especially for Friday, possibly lingering into Saturday. Several inches of snow (Possibly greater than 6 inches of accumulation) along with very strong east-northeast winds are possible with the strongest winds near Lake Superior where wind gusts of 40 to 55 mph could develop for Friday, lingering into Saturday. There could also be some ice accumulations with possible sleet or freezing rain. And even a possibility albeit a low one for some thunder on Friday. Weather could turn a little wild late this week! Stay tuned…
Forecast for Duluth and Superior
.Tonight… Partly to mostly cloudy. Low 18 to 23. Wind east at 10 to 15 mph becoming light and variable late.
.Monday… Partly sunny. High 37 to 42. Wind west at 10 to 15 mph.
.Tuesday… Partly to mostly cloudy. Afternoon rain or snow showers possible. High 33 to 38. Wind southwest at 10 to 15 mph.
Average temperatures for Monday
Sunrise Monday: 6:32 AM CDT
Sunset Monday: 7:49 PM CDT