Up and Down Temps and no major snow events through this weekend

Finally some typical January weather around here when it comes to the colder temperatures, but it won’t last.

  • Subzero temps return to some parts of the Northland tonight and Tuesday night with lows ranging from around 10 below to 5 above zero. In fact, this is some of the coldest temps we’ve seen in our area since late December, and it really isn’t even that cold, it could be a whole lot colder than this.
  • Highs on Tuesday will mainly be in the single digits and teens.
  • Temps Wednesday afternoon jump back into the mid 20s to mid 30s, and Thursday also looks pretty mild before colder air returns late in the week.

For fans of snow, there really isn’t a whole lot to get excited about with this pattern that the Northland is in. I’m not seeing any consistent trends showing up in model data for a major snow event impacting the Northland anytime soon. Note: Our best shot for maybe a 1-2″ snowfall in the Northland looks to be this weekend (Saturday night-Sunday time frame) otherwise it’s virtually a snow-less forecast through the middle of next week.

Duluth has only had 18% of its normal snowfall this month (thru the 17th) while International Falls has had 29% of its normal snowfall this month (thru the 17th)

Snowfall totals so far this month range from 2.0″ at Duluth to 2.6″ at International Falls.

Snowfall for the winter of 2020-2021 is also running below normal at Duluth and International Falls, with Duluth’s snowfall total since December 1 of 18.5″ (64% of normal) while International Falls has had 17.9″ of snow so far this winter (75% of normal)

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2 or maybe 3 subzero nights in Duluth over the next 10 days, not bad considering we haven’t had any subzero nights so far this month in Duluth (normal in January is 15 subzero nights) and the forecast below goes out to January 28.

Source: https://weathermodels.com/

NW flow and the occasional clipper missing the Northland to the west and south tonight and Tuesday with some light accumulating snow in parts of western and southern Minnesota, but outside of a few scattered flurries in our area it looks mainly dry into Tuesday. And then on Wednesday will watch a clipper low pass north of our area which means that the accumulating snow with that one stays north of our area. So basically stuff missing us to the west, south and north through midweek.

18z NAM-Nest simulated radar forecast ending 7 PM Tuesday.

Source: https://weather.cod.edu/

Temperatures were generally in the low to mid teens in northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin this afternoon which is actually a little below normal for mid January as our normal highs are in the mid to upper teens.

Source: https://lab.weathermodels.com/

Tim

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