Cold pattern continues; subzero temps possible in parts of the Northland early next week

A few inches of snow are expected tonight into Wednesday morning across southern Minnesota and southern Wisconsin, but this system won’t be bringing any snow to the Northland, in fact I don’t see any major snow events (>6″) hitting our area through early next week.


Winter weather advisory is in effect tonight into Wednesday morning in parts of the Midwest (purple shaded area on map)


We’re cold now but there’s an even colder airmass on the way late this weekend into the middle of next week! Much of the US is forecast to have below normal temperatures from November 10-15, and some of these areas will be well below normal!

Source: 12z European ensemble model 11.05.19;

NW flow with an upper level low more or less anchored over Hudson Bay Canada through the middle of next week coupled with strong ridging over western Canada and Alaska will keep the Northland and much of the US in the deep freeze until further notice.

Source: 12z European ensemble model 11.05.19

Low temperature forecast for Wednesday morning, November 6. Source:

High temperature forecast for Wednesday, November 6


Low temperature reports of 20F or colder from around the Northland from Tuesday morning, November 5, 2019. Source:

  • Cass Lake, MN: 8F
  • Babbitt, MN: 8F
  • Cotton, MN: 8F
  • Bigfork, MN: 9F
  • Cook, MN: 10F
  • Northome, MN: 11F
  • Embarrass, MN: 11F
  • Hibbing, MN: 12F
  • Silver Bay, MN: 12F
  • Grand Marais Airport: 12F
  • Ely, MN: 12F
  • Orr, MN: 12F
  • Pine River, MN: 12F
  • Kabetogama, MN: 12F
  • Walker, MN: 13F
  • 3 E Wright, MN: 13F
  • Two Harbors, MN: 14F
  • Crane Lake, MN: 14F
  • Eveleth, MN: 14F
  • International Falls, MN: 15F
  • Grand Rapids, MN: 15F
  • Butternut, WI: 15F
  • Aitkin, MN: 16F
  • Cloquet, MN: 16F
  • Solon Springs, WI: 16F
  • Duluth Airport: 17F
  • Brainerd, MN: 19F
  • Superior Airport: 19F
  • Grand Marais, MN: 20F
  • Ashland, WI: 19F
  • Duluth Harbor: 19F

…Weather Summary…

Strong high pressure builds SE out of Alberta through Thursday. The center of the high should be located south of Minnesota by late Thursday afternoon.

A very cold airmass will remain over the Northland through Thursday as 850mb temperatures range from around -13 to -19C with the coldest temps on Thursday.

Lows tonight will be in the single digits and teens with highs Wednesday in the upper teens to middle 20s.

Winds will be out of the west to southwest tonight shifting to the northwest on Wednesday with gusts to 20-25 mph.

With the cold NW flow crossing over the larger inland lakes including Lake of the Woods, Rainy Lake, Lake Vermilion, Leech Lake and Lake Winnibigoshish will probably see some lake effect snow showers develop downwind of these lakes through Thursday with some light snowfall accumulations possible.

Lake effect snow showers will also occur along the South Shore of Lake Superior from Wednesday into Thursday with a few inches of snow likely in parts of Bayfield, Ashland and Iron Counties.

Temps will modify a little bit on Friday and Saturday with highs possibly getting back into the low and mid 30s especially on Saturday, but this won’t last as a major blast of cold arctic air moves in on Sunday, lingering into the middle of next week. Daytime highs are forecast to be in the teens to around 20 degrees from November 10-13 with overnight lows in the single digits to lower teens with subzero lows possible in parts of the Northland.


Forecast for Duluth and Superior

.Tonight… Partly to mostly cloudy. Low 14 to 19. Wind west to southwest 5 to 15 mph.

.Wednesday… Partly to mostly cloudy. A few flurries possible. High 26 to 29. Wind southwest becoming northwest 10 to 20 mph.

.Thursday… Partly sunny. A few flurries possible early. High 23 to 27. Wind northwest 10 to 20 mph.

Normal temperatures for November 6

  • High 41
  • Low 27
  • Sunrise Wednesday 6:58 AM CST
  • Sunset Wednesday 4:46 PM CST

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