Wind Chill Watch in effect for parts of the Northland for Tuesday night-Wednesday morning; warmer weather arrives later this week

Bitterly cold temperatures and wind chills are on the way for Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.

Wind Chill Watch is in effect for the Arrowhead of Minnesota from Tuesday evening through Wednesday morning and we may see additional wind chill headlines issued for other parts of the Northland for Tuesday night.

Some cities included in the Wind Chill Watch: Grand Marais, Tofte, Isabella and Forest Center.

Wind chills as low as 45 to 50 below zero.

The dangerously cold wind chills could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 10 minutes.

Source: 12z European model 12.16.19;


Quite a change in temperatures across the Northland Monday morning with temperatures running some 20 to nearly 40 degrees warmer compared to Sunday morning’s temperatures.


Low temperature forecast for Tuesday morning, December 17. Source:

High temperature forecast for Tuesday, December 17.


Quite a warmup is coming starting later this week which may carry over into the early-middle part of next week. Daytime highs near or above the freezing mark are possible in most of the Northland from ~December 20 to 25.

Source: 12z European ensemble model 12.16.19;

GFS model and now the European model is beginning to show a more active pattern setting up around or after Christmas in parts of the Plains, upper Midwest and Great Lakes. This will be something to keep an eye on during the next few days to see if computer models continue to trend toward a stormier pattern, or if they flip to a quieter pattern. Stay tuned.

Source: 12z European ensemble model 12.16.19;

…Weather Summary…

Note: On Sunday, Brainerd, Minnesota had a top 5 coldest minimum temperature on record for December 15th.

An arctic front will move south across the Northland through early Tuesday afternoon. There could be a few flurries or snow showers associated with this front through Tuesday otherwise will have partly to mostly cloudy skies tonight and Tuesday.

Lows tonight will be in the single digits below to around 10 above zero. Highs on Tuesday will range from the single digits below to the lower 20s above zero.

Southwest winds will shift to the northwest with the passage of a cold front with wind gusts of 20 to 30 mph possible on Tuesday.

Lows Tuesday night will be in the teens and 20s below zero with some 30s below likely in the typical cold spots.

Wednesday will be cold with highs in the single digits and teens. Some flurries or light snow showers are possible later in the day as warm air advection pushes into the Northland ahead of a warm front.


Forecast for Duluth and Superior

.Tonight… Partly to mostly cloudy. A few flurries possible. Low 5 to 10. Wind southwest 5 to 15 mph.

.Tuesday… Breezy. A few snow showers or flurries possible. Partly to mostly cloudy. High 14 to 19. Wind southwest 10 to 20 mph becoming northwest 15 to 30 mph.

.Wednesday… Cold. Partly to mostly cloudy. High 3 to 8. Wind becoming south 5 to 15 mph.

Normal temperatures for December 17

High 22
Low 7

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

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