Scattered flurries/snow showers continue tonight and Wednesday; warmer weather this weekend

Interesting weather today over a small portion of the Northland. The weather pattern is so stagnant right now with day after day of low clouds, and because of this we’ve seen snow develop from Industrial Plants and even Airplane induced snowfall. Note: We had a similar setup/event here in Duluth a few winters ago, although that snow was caused by Spirit Mountain with a few inches of snow accumulation occurring over parts of Duluth.

A warm Super Bowl Sunday is on tap this year as a widespread area of well above normal temperatures moves over the Plains and upper Midwest this weekend.

Shown below are the temperature anomalies for Sunday afternoon – Should see widespread 30s and 40s in Minnesota with 50s and 60s across the Plains Sunday afternoon.

Source 12z European model 1.28.20; https://weathermodels.com/

This warm airmass won’t stick around very long though, it’ll be over the area this weekend, then will get pushed off to the east early next week.

Source 12z European model 1.28.20; https://www.tropicaltidbits.com/

Another gray winter day over most of the Northland, but there has been some clearing/sunshine at times today mainly along the North Shore of Lake Superior, and even here in Duluth there’s been a few very brief glimpses of sun today.

Source Goes-16 visible satellite loop 1.28.20; https://weather.cod.edu/

One of the bigger weather stories in the Lower 48 today has been this system which is moving east across the Southern Plains, this storm produced an area of heavy snow today from western Kansas to western Oklahoma to the Texas Panhandle.

Source Goes-16 water vapor loop 1.28.20; https://weather.cod.edu/

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

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Low temperature forecast for Wednesday morning, January 29, 2020. Source https://graphical.weather.gov/

High temperature forecast for Wednesday, January 29, 2020.

…Weather Summary…

Some interesting weather occurred over a small portion of the Northland today due to a narrow band of Anthropogenic snow over the Iron Range, this narrow band of snow produced 5 inches of accumulation in Kelly Lake today, and from 2 to 4 inches near Iron Junction.

Otherwise just another mostly cloudy day with sporadic flurries. Highs today were in the teens to lower 20s.

Mostly cloudy skies will continue in the Northland through Friday, but some occasional breaks in the clouds are possible allowing for a little sunshine the next few days, but don’t expect a lot of sun.

Scattered flurries and snow showers will continue tonight and Wednesday, and will even have some lake effect snow showers along the North Shore with 850mb temps of around -12C while winds shift to the east. Note: About 1 to 4 inches of snow is possible on Wednesday along the North Shore, mainly around the Isabella, Finland, Silver Bay and Little Marais areas.

Lows tonight will be in the single digits and teens with a slight chance for some below zero temperatures if we get enough clearing which doesn’t look very likely. Highs on Wednesday will be in the 20s. Wind speeds generally around 12 mph tonight and Wednesday, wind direction east to southeast.

There could be a skiff of snow in other parts of the Northland away from the North Shore sometime Thursday or Friday, but this shouldn’t be a big deal.

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Forecast for Duluth and Superior

.Tonight… Mostly cloudy. Flurries. Low 8 to 13. Wind variable less than 10 mph.

.Wednesday… Mostly cloudy (few peeks of sun possible) Flurries. High 20 to 25. Wind east to southeast 5 to 15 mph.

.Thursday… Mostly cloudy. Flurries possible. High 24 to 29. Wind south to southeast 5 to 15 mph.

Normal temperatures for January 29

High 20
Low 2

Sunrise Wednesday 7:37 AM CST
Sunset Wednesday 5:07 PM CST

Thanks for reading!

Tim

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