This has been one slow moving cold front! This front was in northern Minnesota on Saturday and today (Monday) has made its way into central Iowa and the southern half of Wisconsin. A huge temperature contrast continued again today with warm temps east of the cold front with a pocket of much cooler temps behind the cold front.
Flood watch continues until 1 AM tonight in northwest Wisconsin including the cities of Superior, Solon Springs, Grantsburg, Bayfield, Ashland, Hurley, Gile and Hayward (dark green shaded area on map)
Significant river flooding is possible through April 27 in parts of northwest Wisconsin, far eastern Minnesota and in western-central portions of upper Michigan, this is due from snowmelt, rainfall and saturated soils.
Goes-16 visible satellite loop from Monday, April 22, 2019.
A much nicer day today in northern Minnesota with sunshine and some clouds while it was mainly overcast and quite rainy farther south and east today.
12z European ensemble model 4-22-19
Mild temperatures for the next few days but a pattern change is expected later this week with widespread below normal temperatures across the northern Plains and upper Midwest, shown below is the temperature anomaly forecast valid from April 26 to May 7.
Blue and green colors=Below normal temperatures
Orange and red colors=Above normal temperatures
24-Hour Rainfall Reports
Note: Totals listed below are for the 24-hour period ending at 4 PM Monday, April 22.
Hayward, WI: 2.74 inch
Ashland, WI: 1.97 inch
Glidden, WI: 1.78 inch
Barnes, WI: 1.59 inch
Clam Lake, WI: 1.48 inch
Minong, WI: 1.36 inch
Moose Lake, MN: 1.26 inch
Siren, WI: 1.18 inch
Solon Springs, WI: 1.16 inch
Hinckley, MN: 0.65 inch
Washburn, WI: 0.51 inch
Superior, WI (Airport) 0.48 inch
Duluth, MN (Airport) 0.19 inch
Two Harbors, MN: 0.13 inch
Silver Bay, MN: 0.10 inch
Weather Synopsis for Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin
Well, as nice as the weather was on Saturday, the weather Sunday and today represented more typical weather conditions that we get around here near Lake Superior in late April, in other words cold, windy and miserable.
Low pressure was in eastern Iowa at 4 PM Monday with high pressure over Manitoba province.
Rain continued today across northwest Wisconsin into adjacent areas of eastern Minnesota with the heaviest rainfall in northwest Wisconsin where 1 to near 3 inch totals have been reported since Sunday.
The best weather today was in northern Minnesota where highs climbed into the mid 50s to low 60s under mostly sunny to partly cloudy skies. Clouds and rain farther south and east kept highs in the mid 30s to mid 40s today from eastern Minnesota, northwest Wisconsin and near Lake Superior.
Tonight: Rain continues this evening in northwest Wisconsin but this rain should end from west to east during the night. Mainly dry in northern Minnesota tonight. Mostly cloudy to partly cloudy skies with patchy fog. Lows tonight ranging from the upper 20s to upper 30s.
Tuesday: A nicer spring day for the entire area with a mix of sun and clouds. Highs in the upper 50s to middle 60s but it will be cooler near Lake Superior with highs in the 40s.
Wednesday: Cold front approaching from the northwest coupled with some weak instability and a little bit of moisture will likely be enough to generate isolated to scattered coverage rain showers in the Northland on Wednesday with an isolated thunderstorm also possible. Highs Wednesday will depend heavily on sky conditions and coverage of showers, there is potential for highs to climb into the 70s if showers remain spotty and sun is more abundant, otherwise we’re looking at highs in the 60s. Note: Winds should increase enough out of the southwest Wednesday resulting in mild temps even near Lake Superior!
Another nice day is expected Thursday with northwest breezes and highs in the upper 50s to middle 60s.
The weather could turn unsettled again this weekend as a low pressure system organizes in the Western High Plains/Northern Plains, there is a lot of uncertainty with the track and strength of this system for this weekend, but if it tracks far enough north, then more rain will occur in northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin sometime Saturday-Sunday. There is also a chance for some snow to mix in with the rain this weekend but that will depend on how this system tracks and how much cold air wraps into the low pressure system.
Forecast for Duluth
.Tonight… Mostly to partly cloudy. Low 29 to 34. Wind northeast 10 to 20 mph becoming north to northwest late.
.Tuesday… Milder. Partly to mostly sunny. High 57 to 62 but cooler near Lake Superior. Wind southwest 6 to 12 mph.
.Wednesday… Partly to mostly cloudy. A few showers possible. High 65 to 70. Wind southwest 10 to 20 mph.
.Thursday… Partly cloudy. High 60 to 65. Wind northwest 10 to 20 mph.
Normal temperatures for April 23
Sunrise for April 23: 6:07 AM CDT
Sunset for April 23: 8:08 PM CDT