Another round of snow on the way for Wednesday, winter weather advisory in effect for parts of the Northland; Very cold Thursday; Snow returns Friday PM-Saturday

-Winter Weather Advisory in effect from late tonight through Wednesday for parts of north-central and east-central Minnesota and all of northwest Wisconsin (purple area on map)

-Some cities included in the advisory are Grand Rapids, Walker, Brainerd, Aitkin, Hill City, Hinckley, Moose Lake, Cloquet, Duluth, Superior, Bayfield, Ashland, Danbury, Shell Lake, Spooner and Hayward.

-Plan on slippery road conditions due to accumulating snow late tonight and Wednesday. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning and evening commutes.

Another round of accumulating snow is on the way for Wednesday. The snow begins over western/southern portions of the area early Wednesday morning, then spreads farther east through the day Wednesday. The snow ends from W-E later Wednesday afternoon.

Note: Radar forecast below valid from 1 AM Wednesday to 1 AM Thursday.

Source 18z NAM-WRF model 1.14.2020;

Here’s my snowfall forecast for Wednesday’s event.

*2 to 4 inches of snow for Bigfork, Grand Rapids, Walker, Brainerd, Sandstone, Moose Lake, Cloquet, Duluth, Hibbing, Two Harbors, Superior, Ashland and Hayward.

*1 to 2 inches of snow for International Falls, Orr, Cook, Ely and Silver Bay.

*Around an inch of snow in the Arrowhead including Tofte and Grand Marais.

Late week system remains on track to bring significant snow amounts to the Northland.


Low temperature forecast for Wednesday morning, January 15, 2020. Source

High temperature forecast for Wednesday, January 15.

Snowfall Reports from around the Northland


Event Dates: January 13-14, 2020

1 NE Hovland, MN: 5.0″
1 S Buyck, MN: 5.0″
International Falls, MN: 4.7″
1 W Silver Bay, MN: 4.5″
2 ENE Grand Marais, MN: 4.0″
4 NW Two Harbors, MN: 4.0″
3 E Orr, MN: 4.0″
7 WSW Pine River, MN: 3.5″
Duluth Airport: 2.4″
3 N Mahtowa, MN: 1.8″
7 ESE Superior, WI: 1.8″
1 S Moose Lake, MN: 1.5″
3 N Brainerd, MN: 1.5″
Gile, WI: 1.5″
1 NNE Cloquet, MN: 1.4″

…Weather Summary…

Some clearing this evening will give way to increasing cloudiness once again as a quick moving system moves east-northeast out of the Western High Plains. This system should bring some snow to the Northland especially during the day Wednesday. Note: There is some colder/drier air trying to work south into our area this evening, and this may force Wednesday’s system to shift a little farther south which would decrease snow totals in our area if that does happen. But for now I’m going with widespread 1 to 4 inch snow totals with the higher amounts generally west/south of a line from Bigfork to Duluth and including all of northwest Wisconsin.

Lows tonight will range from the single digits below to teens above zero.

Highs on Wednesday ranging from the single digits to the 20s.

Wednesday night looks frigid with lows in the single digits, teens and 20s below zero, this combined with gusty winds will cause dangerously cold wind chills later in the night and a wind chill advisory may be needed for parts of the Northland.

Sunshine, dry and cold weather on Thursday with highs in the single digits below to single digits above zero.

Our next snow maker heads southeast out of the Northern Rockies on Friday while a trough extending north of that low provides the needed lift to get some snow in our area. Forecast models also show a powerful low level jet upwards of 60-70 knots extending north into the upper Midwest Friday night (a spring like intensity low level jet) Easterly winds coming off Lake Superior will probably cause some lake enhanced snow as well Friday night.


Forecast for Duluth and Superior

*Winter Weather Advisory for Wednesday*

.Tonight… Clear to partly with increasing cloudiness late. Low 8 to 13. Wind west to northwest 10 to 15 mph.

.Wednesday… Snow developing between 4-8 AM. Snow through the day, ending late in the afternoon or early evening. Total snowfall accumulations of 2 to 4 inches. High 15 to 20. Wind north to northwest 10 to 20 mph.

.Thursday… Very cold. Mostly sunny. High 3 to 8. Wind northwest 10 to 20 mph.

Normal temperatures for January 15

High 19
Low 1

Sunrise Wednesday 7:50 AM CST
Sunset Wednesday 4:47 PM CST

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