Winter weather headlines remain in effect for all of northwest Wisconsin, and for parts of northeast and east-central Minnesota through this evening.
Winter storm warning in pink
Winter weather advisory in purple
Link to road conditions
Wisconsin — https://511wi.gov/map
18z NAM-WRF model 2-12-19
Snow will taper off this evening from NW-SE with additional snowfall accumulations ranging from 1 to 5 inches, greatest amounts along the South Shore in northwest Wisconsin.
Goes-16 Infrared satellite loop from Tuesday, February 12, 2019.
A major winter storm hit parts of the upper Midwest and Great Lakes today. Over a foot of snow accumulated today across parts of Wisconsin, while a major ice storm hit northern Illinois with over 0.40 inch ice accumulation reported in the Chicago area. This storm also impacted the Northland with a significant amount of snow across parts of northwest Wisconsin and northeast Minnesota.
Goes-16 water vapor satellite loop of today’s winter storm.
12z European ensemble model (EPS) 2-12-19
Weather Tidbits for Duluth, Minnesota
•Today, February 12 marks the 7th one inch or greater snowfall event so far this month — The average for February is 4. The record is 10 days with 1 inch or greater snowfall set in February 1955.
•21.6 inches of snow from December 1 to January 15 (Average temperature 21.1 degrees; +7.8 degrees above normal)
•30.6 inches of snow from January 16 to February 11 (Average temperature 1.3 degrees; -9.8 degrees below normal)
•The winter of 2018-19 is still running warmer than normal with an average temperature from Dec 1 to Feb 11 of 13.8 degrees, this is +1.3 degrees above normal.
Snowfall Reports for February 12, 2019
Note: Totals listed below are through Tuesday afternoon. Snow continues to fall as of 5 PM Tuesday.
Benoit, WI: 12.0 inch
2 NNW Mellen, WI: 10.0 inch
1 W High Bridge, WI: 9.0 inch
4 NNW New Post, WI: 8.8 inch
Hertel, WI: 7.5 inch
Spooner, WI: 7.0 inch
1 E Silver Bay, MN: 7.0 inch
Knife River, MN: 6.0 inch
Ashland, WI: 6.0 inch
Hayward, WI: 6.0 inch
Gordon, WI: 5.0 inch
5 NNE Brule, WI: 5.0 inch
3 SW Bayfield, WI: 4.9 inch
2 SW Two Harbors, MN: 4.8 inch
4 ENE Cornucopia, WI: 4.3 inch
1 NNE Cloquet, MN: 4.3 inch
2 E Kettle River, MN: 4.3 inch
Duluth Airport: 4.2 inches (thru 6 PM Tuesday)
3 E Payne, MN: 4.1 inch
1 N Cloquet, MN: 4.0 inch
7 WSW Pine River, MN: 4.0 inch
Solon Springs, WI: 4.0 inch
Hibbing, MN: 3.0 inch
7 ESE Superior, WI: 2.5 inch
3 ENE Holyoke, MN: 2.4 inch
Moose Lake, MN: 2.2 inch
Keewatin, MN: 2.0 inch
1 SW Brainerd, MN: 2.0 inch
International Falls, MN: 0.8 inch
Weather Synopsis for Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin
Overall I think today’s snow event went pretty much as planned, although I am a little surprised that we didn’t get more snow in Duluth today, a total of 4.2 inches at the Airport thru 6 PM — My forecast was for 5 to 9 inches of snow, no way will get to the 9 inch mark, but we still might get to the low end of my range which would be 5 inches. Temperatures may have played a role, milder temps today compared to previous snow events this month, low to mid 20s this afternoon leading to smaller snow flake size especially this morning, the size of the snowflakes became larger late this morning into the afternoon which led to more rapid accumulation. Note: Snowfall ratio in Duluth today was in the 14:1 range, lower than what the computer models were showing, so the snow today wasn’t quite as fluffy as past events this month, again temps likely played a bit of a role in all this. Also we didn’t get much lake effect snow in Duluth today despite a favorable E-NE wind direction through mid afternoon, I was counting on a few inches of lake effect snow, which is why I had us getting into the 5 to 9 inch range.
Low pressure was over south-central Michigan at 5 PM today and will continue to move northeast to Quebec province by Wednesday afternoon. This low and a negatively tilted trough will keep some snow across the Northland this evening, but the snow will gradually end from NW-SE later this evening as the low and trough continue to pull farther away from our area.
Expect brisk N-NW winds tonight and Wednesday morning, 10 to 20 mph with gusts to around 30 mph. Areas of blowing and drifting snow will occur tonight, and travel conditions will remain difficult in parts of the area with limited visibility along with snow and ice covered roads.
Lows tonight will range from the single digits below zero to lower teens above zero.
Winds diminish a bit Wednesday afternoon, and we should see some sun on Wednesday with highs ranging from the lower 20s to around 30 degrees, yes a few spots in northwest Wisconsin and eastern Minnesota could make a run at 30 degrees Wednesday afternoon! Note: Normal highs for February 13 are in the lower 20s.
Our next snow event comes late Wednesday night into Thursday, but this one looks minor, and should mostly affect far northern Minnesota where up to 2 inches of snow could accumulate, but for the rest of us we’re looking at less than an inch of snow.
In closing tonight, thanks again to those who read and share my weather forecasts/updates whether it’s on Facebook or Twitter.
Duluth, Minnesota Climate Normals for February 13
Sunrise Wednesday: 7:16 AM CST
Sunset Wednesday: 5:30 PM CST