Warmer times ahead; 30s to near 40 degree highs by this weekend

Several weak low pressure systems will pass through the upper Midwest through early next week. Not looking at a whole lot of precipitation with any of these systems, so overall it looks fairly dry into early next week in northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin, with that said, there is a chance for a little snow or freezing drizzle in parts of the Northland on Friday but snow accumulations would be very light where it does snow (a few tenths of an inch at most)

Low temperature reports from around the Northland from Wednesday morning, December 18, 2019.

Source: https://www.weather.gov/dlh/

25 E Ely, MN: -38F
Seagull Lake, MN: -36F
Babbitt, MN: -34F
Cook, MN: -33F
Brimson, MN: -32F
Bigfork, MN: -31F
Orr, MN: -31F
Cotton, MN: -31F
Floodwood, MN: -29F
Ely, MN: -29F
Northome, MN: -28F
Hill City, MN: -27F
Aitkin, MN: -27F
Crane Lake, MN: -27F
International Falls, MN: -27F
Littlefork, MN: -27F
Saginaw, MN: -26F
Chisholm-Hibbing Airport: -26F
3 E Wright, MN: -25F
Deer River, MN: -24F
Isabella, MN: -24F
Pine River, MN: -24F
Walker, MN: -24F
South Range, WI: -23F
Minong, WI: -23F
Barnes, WI: -22F
Hinckley, MN: -22F
Brainerd, MN: -22F
Hayward, WI: -22F
Solon Springs, WI: -22F
Grand Rapids, MN: -21F
Siren, WI: -21F
Danbury, WI: -20F
Grand Marais Airport: -20F
Siren, WI: -20F
Superior Airport: -18F
Ashland, WI: -17F
Butternut, WI: -16F
Duluth Airport: -15F

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Warming trend begins on Thursday, and will really kick into high gear over the weekend. Warmer than normal temps are expected to linger through most of next week the way it looks now.

Source: 12z European ensemble model 12.18.19; https://weathermodels.com/

Long range computer models agree on a southwest flow aloft developing next week, but disagree as to whether there would be any impactful weather systems which may affect the Northland later next week with some snow, mixed precip or even rain. Stay tuned.

Source: https://www.wpc.ncep.noaa.gov/

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Low temperature forecast for Thursday morning, December 19. Source: https://graphical.weather.gov/

High temperature forecast for Thursday, December 19.

Forecast for Duluth and Superior

.Tonight… Partly to mostly cloudy. Low 1 below to 4 above. Wind south 5 to 15 mph.

.Thursday… Partly to mostly cloudy. High 18 to 23. Wind becoming east around 10 mph.

.Friday… Mostly cloudy. High 21 to 26. Wind east to southeast 10 to 15 mph.

Normal temperatures for December 19

High 21
Low 6

Sunrise Thursday 7:50 AM CST
Sunset Thursday 4:22 PM CST

Thanks for reading!

Tim

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