Bitterly cold tonight, wind chill advisory in effect; another arctic blast possible early/middle part of next week

-Wind Chill Advisory in effect from 8 PM this evening to 9 AM Friday for all of northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin including the cities of International Falls, Bigfork, Grand Rapids, Walker, Brainerd, Aitkin, Hill City, Hinckley, Cloquet, Duluth, Hibbing, Ely, Grand Marais, Silver Bay, Two Harbors, Superior, Ashland, Hurley, Grantsburg, Shell Lake and Hayward.

-Wind chills as low as 30 to 40 degrees below zero. The dangerously cold wind chills could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 10 minutes.


Arctic air mass moving over the warmer and mostly ice-free waters of Lake Superior (Ice coverage <10% as of Thursday morning) is generating widespread lake effect clouds today. Northwest winds carry these lake effect clouds and in some areas snow showers downwind of Lake Superior, along the South Shore from northern Wisconsin to Upper Michigan.

Water temps over Lake Superior are right around +1C (34F) while the air crossing over the lake consists of 850mb temperatures of -25C (-13F) today.

Arctic air will remain over the Northland through Friday morning, but a milder air mass will begin to work into the Northland Friday afternoon.


Low Temperature Reports from around the Northland for Tuesday morning, February 13th, 2020.


Kabetogama, MN: -39F
25 E Ely, MN: -37F
14 W Isabella, MN: -37F
Babbitt, MN: -36F
Crane Lake, MN: -36F
Cotton, MN: -33F
Embarrass, MN: -31F
Cook, MN: -29F
Bigfork, MN: -29F
Northome, MN: -28F
International Falls, MN: -28F
Cass Lake, MN: -27F
Deer River, MN: -27F
Ely, MN: -26F
Saginaw, MN: -24F
Hill City, MN: -24F
Hibbing, MN: -24F
Aitkin, MN: -24F
Grand Marais Airport: -24F
Pine River, MN: -24F
Duluth Airport: -21F
Hermantown, MN: -21F
Brainerd, MN: -21F
Esko, MN: -20F
Cloquet, MN: -20F
McGregor, MN: -20F
Moose Lake, MN: -20F
South Range, WI: -19F
Hinckley, MN: -17F
Superior Airport: -17F
Minong, WI: -17F
Siren, WI: -16F
Duluth Harbor: -15F
Hayward, WI: -13F
Minimum Wind Chill Reports from around the Northland for Tuesday morning, February 13th, 2020.


Grand Marais Airport: -49F
Grand Rapids, MN: -43F
International Falls, MN: -43F
Orr, MN: -43F
Cook, MN; -42F
Duluth Airport: -41F
Ely, MN: -41F
Longville, MN: -40F
Pine River, MN: -39F
Aitkin, MN: -38F
Cloquet, MN: -38F
Duluth Harbor: -37F
Brainerd, MN: -36F
Bigfork, MN: -36F
Superior Airport: -36F
Minong, WI: -34F
Siren, WI: -31F
Esko, MN: -30F

Low temperature forecast for Friday morning, February 14th, 2020. Source:

High temperature forecast for Friday, February 14th, 2020.


Another day of model runs and I’m still seeing quite a bit of uncertainty in the temperature forecast for next week per EPS and GEFS models.

The strength of next week’s arctic air mass may have something to do with the different model solutions.

About the only areas where there is good model agreement is over the Central/Southern Rockies into the Southern Plains, and also in Florida.

No model agreement on the temperature forecast for next week from the Northern Plains to upper Midwest, north into Canada.

Source: 12z European ensemble model 2.13.2020;

Source: 12z GEFS model 2.13.2020;

…Weather Summary…

A quiet weather pattern continues through the weekend.

Very cold once again tonight under clear to partly cloudy skies. Lows will be in the teens, 20s and 30s below with winds shift from west-northwest to southwest.

Mostly sunny to partly cloudy on Friday. Temperatures warm into the teens to around 20 degrees by late afternoon, below normal for mid February, but warmer than it was today. Winds will be out of the south at 10 to 20 mph.

Note: There could be a brief opportunity for some light lake effect snow along the North Shore on Friday, mainly from Silver Bay to Grand Marais due to the southerly wind, but with warm air advection moving in, this should limit the duration of any lake effect snow.

A warm front and cold front move across the Northland Friday night and Saturday. A few snow showers or flurries are possible with this system, but little if any accumulation is expected. Highs on Saturday are forecast to be in the middle 20s to lower 30s.

Colder air follows for Sunday with highs dropping back to the single digits and teens, and it’s looking increasingly likely that will see another arctic shot sometime around February 19th, although it doesn’t look quite as cold as this current arctic blast.


Forecast for Duluth and Superior

*Wind Chill Advisory 8 PM tonight to 9 AM Friday*

.Tonight… Bitterly cold. Mostly clear. Low 16 below to 21 below. Wind west 5 to 15 mph becoming southwest. Wind chills 30 below to 40 below.

.Friday… Partly cloudy. High 13 to 18. Wind south to southwest 10 to 20 mph. Morning wind chills 30 below to 40 below.

.Saturday… Partly to mostly cloudy. High 26 to 31. Wind west 10 to 20 mph.

Normal temperatures for February 14

High 24
Low 6

Sunrise Friday 7:15 AM CST
Sunset Friday 5:31 PM CST

Thanks for reading!


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