Cold through midweek with a few snow showers/flurries at times; warmer weather late this week

*Record Low Temperature set at Hibbing, Minnesota for December 15th.

New Record: -26F set on 12/15/2019
Old Record: -24F set on 12/15/1964
Low temperature reports from around the Northland from Sunday morning, December 15, 2019.


Bigfork, MN: -33F
2 E Celina, MN: -33F
Kabetogama, MN: -30F
3 E Orr, MN: -28F
Aitkin, MN: -27F
International Falls, MN: -26F
Hibbing, MN: -26F
Orr, MN: -26F
Cook, MN: -26F
Longville, MN: -26F
Babbitt, MN: -25F
Walker, MN: -25F
Crane Lake, MN: -24F
Pine River, MN: -24F
Brainerd, MN: -23F
3 E Wright, MN: -23F
Eveleth, MN: -22F
Grand Rapids, MN: -22F
McGregor, MN: -22F
Hinckley, MN: -20F
Siren, WI: -19F
Moose Lake, MN: -18F
4 E Island Lake, MN: -18F
Silver Bay Airport: -17F
Superior Airport: -17F
Grand Marais Airport: -15F
Solon Springs, WI: -15F
Cloquet, MN: -13F
Duluth Airport: -13F
Hayward, WI: -12F

Warmer air is moving east into the Northland this afternoon which is causing an area of light snow showers and flurries. Snowfall accumulations should remain less than 1″ late this afternoon/early this evening.

Low temperature forecast for Monday morning, December 16. Source:

High temperature forecast for Monday, December 16.

Still looking at a decent warm up which is forecast to begin later this week, possibly carrying over into Christmas the way it looks now. Could have daytime highs at or above the freezing mark in the Northland on a few days ~December 21-25.

Source: 12z European ensemble model 12.15.19;

Temperature and Precipitation report for Duluth, Minnesota for the week of December 8th, 2019.

High Temperatures/Departure from Normal

12/8: 35F/+11 degrees above normal
12/9: 22F/-2 degrees below normal
12/10: 0F/-24 degrees below normal
12/11: 0F/-23 degrees below normal
12/12: 20F/-3 degrees below normal
12/13: 19F/-4 degrees below normal
12/14: 18F/-4 degrees below normal

Low Temperatures/Departure from Normal

12/8: 22F/+12 degrees above normal
12/9: -4F/-14 degrees below normal
12/10: -14F/-23 degrees below normal
12/11: -16F/-25 degrees below normal
12/12: 0F/-8 degrees below normal
12/13: 14F/+6 degrees above normal
12/14: -3F/-11 degrees below normal

Note: Average temperature for the week of December 8th: 8.1 degrees; -8.0 degrees below normal. Source:

Total Precipitation: 0.72″
Normal: 0.26″
Departure: +0.46″ above normal

State Average for Minnesota for the week of December 8th, 2019.

Temperature: 10.2 degrees
Departure: -7.3 degrees below normal
Precipitation: 0.30″
Departure: +0.07″ above normal

Average temperature, departure from mean for the week of December 8th, 2019. Source:

Total precipitation, departure from mean for the week of December 8th, 2019.

…Weather Summary…

Several weak systems will pass through the region through midweek. Each one of these systems could produce a few flurries or snow showers at times but no major snow events are expected through the middle of the week.

A little milder tonight with lows ranging from the single digits below to around 10 above zero. Mostly cloudy to partly cloudy skies are expected tonight with some passing flurries and snow showers with snowfall accumulations less than an inch.

Monday’s weather will feature partly to mostly cloudy skies with highs in the teens to lower 20s. A few flurries are possible on Monday.

A reinforcing shot of cold arctic air moves into the Northland for Tuesday night-Wednesday with lows Tuesday night in the teens and 20s below, maybe a few 30s below in the typical cold spots. Highs on Wednesday in the single digits below to single digits above zero.

Note: Overall it looks like a fairly dry pattern for the Northland this week, which may carry over into next week per model data.


Forecast for Duluth and Superior

.Tonight… Mostly cloudy. Evening snow showers and flurries. Accumulations less than an inch. Low 0 to 5 above with slowly rising temperatures overnight. Wind south to southwest 5 to 15 mph.

.Monday… Partly to mostly cloudy. High 12 to 17. Wind west 10 to 20 mph.

.Tuesday… Partly to mostly cloudy. High 10 to 15. Wind west to northwest 10 to 20 mph.

Normal temperatures for December 16

High 22
Low 7

Sunrise Monday 7:48 AM CST
Sunset Monday 4:21 PM CST

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