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Cold lingers into next week; few snow showers tonight and Saturday

Average temperature in Minnesota from October 28-31, 2019: 29.1 degrees (-11.2 degrees colder than normal) Source: https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/

Average temperature in Duluth from October 28-31, 2019: 29.6 degrees; -8.0 degrees colder than normal.

What A Pattern! Look how widespread the cold weather has been the last few days, incredible! Map below shows the temperature anomaly from October 28 to October 31, 2019. Those purple colors indicate average temps that were at least -20 degrees below normal from Oct. 28 to Oct. 31. Source: https://mrcc.illinois.edu/

Note: Ashland, Wisconsin had its 2nd coldest maximum temperature on record for Halloween with a high on Thursday of 30 degrees. The coldest high temperature in Ashland on Halloween occurred in 1951 with a high of 29 degrees.

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Low temperature forecast for Saturday morning, November 2. Source: https://graphical.weather.gov/

High temperature forecast for Saturday, November 2

Very little chance that we get an extended thaw anytime soon. Next week looks cold in much of the US. Warm spots include Florida, and parts of the southwest and western US.

Source: 12z European ensemble model 11.01.19; https://weathermodels.com/

Finally some good news! Rivers beginning to recede after being above flood stage for weeks! Source: https://www.wpc.ncep.noaa.gov/

Widespread damaging wind reports on Thursday over the eastern US (blue dots on map) Also 2 reports of tornadoes on Halloween (red dots on map) in Virginia and Tennessee. Source: https://www.spc.noaa.gov/

…Weather Summary…

Lots of clouds and a little skiff of snow in the Northland today thanks to an area of low pressure which was over Ontario while a cold front attached to this low swept through the area today. Chilly temperatures continued today with daytime highs in the 30s with a westerly wind at 10 to 20 mph with higher gusts.

Several low pressure systems will be affecting the Northland through Monday as will remain in a NW flow aloft. Majority of these systems look weak, but the one Sunday night into Monday may pack a little more of a punch, but there is still some model uncertainty on the track of that one, so stay tuned.

Expect generally mostly cloudy skies through Monday, but some clearing could take place from time to time.

Occasional snow showers and flurries tonight and Saturday with snowfall amounts less than an inch.

A swath of steadier snow (lasting a few hours) could affect parts of the Northland sometime Sunday evening or Monday with some light snowfall accumulations possible at that time. Temps aloft will remain cold enough for snow with that late weekend system, but temps near the surface might warm up enough to produce a rain-snow mix especially in east-central Minnesota into northwest Wisconsin Sunday night.

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Forecast for Duluth and Superior

.Tonight… Breezy. Mostly cloudy. A few snow showers and flurries. Low 25 to 30. Wind west 10 to 20 mph with gusts to 30 mph.

.Saturday… Mostly cloudy. A few snow showers and flurries. High 32 to 36. Wind northwest 10 to 20 mph.

.Sunday… Partly to mostly cloudy. High 35 to 40. Wind southwest 10 to 20 mph.

Normal temperatures for November 2

  • High 43
  • Low 29
  • Sunrise Saturday 7:52 AM CDT
  • Sunset Saturday 5:52 PM CDT

Thanks for reading!

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