Winter Storm on the way – Snow arrives Friday afternoon/early Friday evening

-Winter Storm Warning in effect from Friday afternoon through Saturday evening for all of northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin (pink area on map)

-Significant snow accumulations are expected in the warned area along with areas of blowing and drifting snow.

-Travel could be very difficult late Friday afternoon through Saturday.


This will be a large winter storm with widespread winter storm warnings (pink) and winter weather advisories (purple) in effect across the Plains and upper Midwest.


Radar forecast valid from Noon Friday to 1 AM Sunday.

Snow in blue colors.

Snow spreads into western-southern portions of the Northland late Friday morning/early afternoon (~Noon to 2 PM) then will see the snow move farther north/east late Friday afternoon into Friday evening. Note: Snow is forecast to reach Duluth and Superior between 3 PM-6 PM Friday.

Snow tapers off to snow showers and flurries during the day Saturday.

Source 18z NAM-WRF model 1.16.20;

Here’s my snowfall forecast valid from Friday afternoon through Saturday.

*10 to 13 inches of snow along the North Shore including Two Harbors, Silver Bay, Isabella and Grand Marais.

*7 to 10 inches of snow for Duluth, Superior, Aitkin, Brainerd, Moose Lake and Cloquet.

*4 to 7 inches of snow for Ely, International Falls, Bigfork, Grand Rapids, Walker, Hibbing, Ashland and Hayward.

Energy approaching from the Pacific northwest moves east and will interact with a large pool of moisture across the southern and central Plains.

Low moves east, moisture lifts north, end result will be for widespread snow in the Northland beginning Friday afternoon.

Source Goes-16 water vapor imagery;

Low temperature forecast for Friday morning, January 17, 2020. Source

High temperature forecast for Friday, January 17.


Outlook for Duluth and Superior

*Winter Storm Warning in effect from 3 PM Friday to 9 PM Saturday*

Tonight – Very cold under mostly clear skies. Low 6 below to 11 below. Wind variable less than 10 mph becoming east to southeast late.

Friday – Increasing cloudiness (could be some sunshine in the morning) High near 20. Wind east to southeast 10 to 20 mph.

Note: Snow develops between 3 PM-6 PM Friday.

Friday night – Snow. East to southeast wind 10 to 20 mph with gusts to 25 mph. Some blowing snow possible.

Saturday – Lingering light snow. Wind becoming northwest 15 to 25 mph. Areas of blowing snow. Temperatures of 20 to 25 degrees, falling to the single digits and teens during the afternoon.

Note: Total snowfall storm accumulations of 7 to 10 inches possible.

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