Windy tonight! Above normal temps continue Monday; little snow possible Monday night, and again late this week

-Wind Advisory remains in effect this evening for northeast and parts of northern Minnesota (brown shaded area on map) including the cities of Moose Lake, Cloquet, Duluth, Grand Rapids, Bigfork, International Falls, Hibbing, Ely, Cook, Two Harbors, Silver Bay, Isabella, Finland and Grand Marais.

-Northwest winds 15 to 20 mph with gusts up to 45 mph.

-Tree limbs could be blown down and a few power outages may result.

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Peak Wind Gusts from today, Sunday, January 5, 2020

Blatnik Bridge 53 mph
Northome, MN 49 mph
Duluth Airport 49 mph
McGregor, MN 45 mph
Duluth Harbor 44 mph
International Falls, MN 44 mph
Grand Rapids, MN 43 mph
Cloquet, MN 40 mph
Hibbing MN 37 mph
Brainerd, MN 33 mph


Strong winds will continue this evening in northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin with wind gusts of 25 to 45 mph. Winds will diminish over most of the area by late tonight, but strong wind gusts >30 mph may continue overnight along the North Shore of Lake Superior.

Source 18z HRRR model wind gust forecast through 7 AM Monday;

Here’s a look at today’s system which is affecting the upper Midwest and Great Lakes. Biggest impact with this low in our area has been the strong, gusty winds today while the greatest snow accumulations on the order of about 1 to 3 inches were found from central/northeast Wisconsin into upper Michigan.

Source: Goes-16 water vapor imagery;

A late week system may bring a little snow to the Northland, but this doesn’t look like a big event. Greatest chances for 3+” snowfall is over far northeast Minnesota into Ontario per Euro model guidance.

Source 12z European ensemble model 1.5.2020;

Low temperature forecast for Monday morning, January 6, 2020. Source

High temperature forecast for Monday, January 6.

Temperature and Precipitation report for Duluth, Minnesota for December 29th, 2019 to January 4th, 2020

High Temperatures/Departure from Normal

12/29: 34F/+15 degrees above normal
12/30: 34F/+15 degrees above normal
12/31: 22F/+3 degrees above normal
1/1: 26F/+7 degrees above normal
1/2: 30F/+11 degrees above normal
1/3: 25F/+6 degrees above normal
1/4: 29F/+10 degrees above normal

Low Temperatures/Departure from Normal

12/29: 32F/+29 degrees above normal
12/30: 19F/+16 degrees above normal
12/31: 6F/+3 degrees above normal
1/1: 7F/+4 degrees above normal
1/2: 23F/+20 degrees above normal
1/3: 18F/+16 degrees above normal
1/4: 20F/+18 degrees above normal

Average temperature in Duluth for the week of December 29th: 23.2 degrees; +12.4 degrees above normal. Source

Total precipitation: 0.78″
Normal: 0.26″
Departure: +0.52″ above normal

State Average for Minnesota for the week of December 29th, 2019.

Temperature 24.2 degrees
Departure +11.9 degrees above normal
Precipitation 1.00″
Departure +0.81″ above normal

Average temperature, departure from mean for the week of December 29th, 2019. Source

Total precipitation, departure from mean for the week of December 29th, 2019.

…Weather Summary…

A tight pressure gradient will remain over the area tonight between low pressure to the NE and high pressure to the SW. 850mb winds of 30 to 50 knots will remain over the Northland most of the night with the potential for some of these strong wind gusts to mix down to the surface. It should become less windy in most areas by late tonight, but strong, gusty winds may continue overnight along the North Shore of Lake Superior.

Mostly cloudy to partly cloudy skies for tonight with lows in the single digits to around 20 degrees.

Monday looks dry and not as windy as it was today. Highs will remain above normal in the 20s to lower 30s. Winds will be out of the southwest 10 to 20 mph with gusts to 40 mph possible early in the day along the North Shore.

A brief burst of light snow is possible Monday night-early Tuesday morning as a trough and cold front move through the area. A shot of colder air will follow this system, but this cold air won’t stick around very long. Looks like will drop below zero for lows Wednesday morning with highs Wednesday in the single digits, but milder temperatures are expected to return late this week along with a chance for a little snow.


Forecast for Duluth and Superior

*Wind Advisory for Duluth until 6 PM this evening*

.Tonight… Windy. Mostly cloudy to partly cloudy. Low 13 to 18. Wind west 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 45 mph.

.Monday… Partly to mostly cloudy. High 28 to 32. Wind west to southwest 10 to 20 mph.

.Tuesday… Flurries possible. Partly sunny. High 20 to 25. Wind becoming northwest 15 to 25 mph.

Normal temperatures for January 6

High 19
Low 2

Sunrise Monday 7:53 AM CST
Sunset Monday 4:36 PM CST

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