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Temperatures reached 50 degrees in parts of the Northland today; another mild day on the way Sunday

A warm late February day across the Northland with several locations reporting temperatures of 50 degrees or warmer this afternoon.

Note: Hibbing, Minnesota had a record low temperature of -33 degrees just two days ago on Thursday morning, February 20th. High temperature of 49 degrees in Hibbing today, Saturday, February 22nd. That’s an 82 degree temperature change between Thursday morning’s low, and Saturday’s high in Hibbing. Wow!

High temperatures were well above normal today, but no records were set for February 22nd – See records list below.

Ashland, WI: 62 F set in 1930
Hibbing, MN: 59 F set in 1961
International Falls, MN: 58 F set in 2000
Brainerd, MN: 55 F set in 1961
Duluth, MN: 52 F set in 1961
3 PM Temperatures

Cass Lake, MN: 54F
Crane Lake, MN: 50F
Orr, MN: 50F
Grand Rapids, MN: 50F
Barnes, WI: 50F
Minong, WI: 50F
International Falls, MN: 48F
Cook, MN: 48F
Hibbing, MN: 48F
Walker, MN: 47F
Ely, MN: 46F
Silver Bay, MN: 44F
Solon Springs, WI: 44F
Ashland, WI: 44F
Duluth Airport: 41F

Lots of warm air over the Northland today, but will get some cold air advection to work into the area Sunday behind a cold front which will drop 850mb temperatures into the -3 to -7C range by Sunday afternoon.

Source: https://www.spc.noaa.gov/

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Two swaths of accumulating snow next week, both miss the Northland, one to the west, the other to the south.

Source: 12z European ensemble model 2.22.2020; https://weathermodels.com/

Low temperature forecast for Sunday morning, February 23rd, 2020. Source: https://graphical.weather.gov/

High temperature forecast for Sunday, February 23rd, 2020.

…Weather Summary…

Clear to partly cloudy tonight with areas of fog and low clouds developing overnight. Lows will be in the teens to lower 20s with winds out of the south or southwest at 5 to 15 mph.

Areas of fog and low clouds which develop later tonight should burn off Sunday morning (before 11 AM)

A cold front will move through the Northland Sunday morning. No precip with this front, but temperatures will trend slightly cooler, but still above normal for late February with highs Sunday in the middle 30s to middle 40s. Gusty west to northwest winds 15 to 30 mph.

Mainly dry next week as a split flow weather pattern continues.

Winds may become easterly for a time from late Monday into Tuesday as low pressure passes well west/south of our area, so we could see a few lake effect flurries or perhaps some light freezing drizzle near Lake Superior early next week because of the wind shift to the east, but this shouldn’t be a major issue the way it looks now.

Note: Colder air will be moving in mid to late next week, but only for a brief time as milder temperatures look to return next weekend.

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Forecast for Duluth and Superior

.Tonight… Mostly clear. Areas of fog possible late. Low 17 to 22. Wind southwest 5 to 15 mph.

.Sunday… Breezy. Partly cloudy. High 39 to 43. Wind west 15 to 25 mph.

.Monday… Partly cloudy. High 30 to 35. Wind north 5 to 15 mph becoming east.

Normal temperatures for February 23

High 27
Low 9

Sunrise Sunday 7:00 AM CST
Sunset Sunday 5:45 PM CST

Thanks for reading!

Tim

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