Heads up if you have travel plans south of our area. A winter storm is on the way from Friday morning through Saturday with various winter weather headlines in effect.
Wind chill advisory covers much of northeast Minnesota for late tonight through Noon Friday.
Some cities included in the advisory are
12z European Computer model (ECMWF) 1-17-19
18z NAM model 1-17-19
Snow develops across southern Minnesota Friday morning, mainly after 5 AM. It’ll be a quick moving storm, however, with the snow coming to an end Friday night from NW-SE.
12z European computer model (ECMWF) 1-17-19
This will be a widespread winter storm with impacts from the northern Plains to the Midwest, Ohio Valley and Northeast through the weekend.
18z NAM-WRF model 1-17-19
Lake effect snow showers are expected to develop on Friday along the South Shore of Lake Superior in northwest Wisconsin, some of these snow showers could extend west into northern Douglas County (east of Superior) Friday night.
Weather Tidbits for Duluth, Minnesota
•4 subzero nights so far this month; Average for January is 14 subzero nights
•7 subzero nights so far this winter (Since Dec 1) Average for the winter (Dec 1 to Feb 28) is 34 subzero nights.
Weather Synopsis for Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin
Partly to mostly sunny skies today with near to slightly below normal highs which ranged from the lower teens to upper teens.
Bitterly cold during the next few days. Lows tonight will range from the single digits to the teens below zero with 20s below across northern Minnesota. Highs on Friday won’t be as ‘mild’ as they were on Thursday with highs forecast to be in the single digits below to single digits above zero. Widespread lows in the teens and 20s below zero for Friday night and Saturday night with a few spots in northern Minnesota likely falling into the 30s below.
There will be enough wind when combined with the already frigid temperatures to produce dangerously cold wind chills tonight-Friday morning, and possibly again Friday night, Saturday and Sunday.
Lake effect snow showers are expected along the South Shore of Lake Superior Friday afternoon into Saturday with a few inches of accumulation possible east of the city of Superior.
On Sunday, winds will shift to the E-SE, and this could shift the lake effect snow showers from the South Shore to the North Shore with minor accumulations possible.
Note: Chances for some snow are increasing for Monday-Tuesday morning as a low pressure system approaches from the Rockies and northern Plains. Computer models have been trending toward greater precip amounts for our area with this system for early next week so that will be something to watch during the next few days to see if the computer models continue to show these higher precip totals, or if they trend toward lesser amounts of precip once again. At the moment it looks like this could be a 1 to 3 inch or 3 to 5 inch type snow event for northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin, but those amounts could increase or decrease over the next few days.
Duluth, Minnesota Climate Normals for January 18
Sunrise Friday: 7:47 AM CST
Sunset Friday: 4:51 PM CST