Bitterly cold tonight and Thursday, wind chill advisory in effect. Snow returns Friday PM-Saturday, winter storm watch in effect

Snow – Bitterly cold – warms up – snows again, then cold again after that!

-Wind Chill Advisory in effect from 9 PM this evening to 10 AM Thursday for all of northeast Minnesota and most of northwest Wisconsin (light blue area on map)

-Wind chills of 25 below to 35 below zero.

-The cold wind chills could cause frostbite on exposed skin in 10 to 30 minutes.

-Winter Storm Watch covers all of northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin (blue area on map) from Friday morning through Saturday afternoon.

-Significant amounts of snow are possible in the watch area along with gusty winds which will cause blowing and drifting snow.

-Travel could be very difficult late Friday and Saturday.


Friday’s winter storm will consist of two areas of low pressure, one across the Northern Rockies/Northern Plains while another low heads northeast out of Colorado. These lows will phase a bit on Friday with one main surface low lifting E-NE toward southern Wisconsin by Saturday morning.


Here’s my preliminary snowfall forecast for Friday through Saturday.

*Highest amounts of 10 to 13 inches along the North Shore of Lake Superior including Two Harbors, Isabella, Silver Bay, Tofte and Grand Marais.

*7 to 10 inches of snow for Ely, Hibbing, Twin Ports, Ashland, Hayward, Hinckley, Moose Lake, Grand Rapids, Brainerd and Aitkin.

*4 to 7 inches of snow for International Falls, Bigfork, Cook and Orr.

Snowfall Reports from around the Northland


Event Date: January 15, 2020

3 N Brainerd, MN: 4.0″
Leader, MN: 4.0″
3 SSW Bruno, MN: 3.3″
3 N Mahtowa, MN: 3.2″
7 ESE Superior, WI: 3.2″
1 N Cloquet, MN: 3.0″
Cass Lake, MN: 3.0″
7 WSW Pine River, MN: 3.0″
Duluth Airport: 2.6″
Solon Springs, WI: 2.5″
Moose Lake, MN: 2.3″
5 N Two Harbors, MN: 2.3″
2 ENE Holyoke, MN: 2.0″
International Falls, MN: 1.8″
3 W Iron Junction, MN: 1.5″
4 SSE Webster, WI: 1.5″

Low temperature forecast for Thursday morning, January 16, 2020. Source

High temperature forecast for Thursday, January 16.

…Weather Summary…

A brief shot of arctic air will cover the Northland through early Friday morning.

Lows tonight will range from the single digits below to 20s below zero with some 30s below possible in far northern Minnesota. Highs Thursday will be in the single digits below to single digits above zero. Another frigid night Thursday night with lows in the single digits below to 20s below.

A strong area of high pressure settles into the Upper Midwest on Thursday, this high slides off to the east on Friday with increasing southerly winds west of this high and ahead of our next storm which approaches from the Plains.

Snow develops in the Northland from SW-NE Friday afternoon-early Friday evening. Snowy Friday night with some lingering light snow on Saturday. Gusty winds will also be found in our area Friday and Saturday which will cause some blowing and drifting snow.


Forecast for Duluth and Superior

*Wind Chill Advisory 9 PM tonight to 10 AM Thursday*

*Winter Storm Watch Friday morning through Saturday afternoon*

.Tonight… Breezy and very cold. Patchy blowing snow. Clear to partly cloudy. Low 12 below to 17 below. Wind northwest 10 to 20 mph. Wind chills 30 to 35 below.

.Thursday… Very cold. Mostly sunny. High 1 below to 4 above. Wind west 10 to 15 mph. Morning wind chills 30 to 35 below.

.Friday… Increasing cloudiness. Snow developing late in the afternoon (after 4 PM) High 15 to 20. Wind east to southeast 10 to 20 mph.

Normal temperatures for January 16

High 19
Low 1

Sunrise Thursday 7:49 AM CST
Sunset Thursday 4:48 PM CST

Thanks for reading!


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