More rain and drizzle at times tonight and Friday; dry weather returns Saturday; rain/snow chances next week

A slow moving low pressure system will continue to affect the Northland through Friday with more fog, drizzle and rain.

Northwest portions of the Northland could see up to an inch of additional rain through Friday night, with amounts in the quarter to half inch range expected farther south/east. Will dry out on Saturday, but rain chances could return as early as Sunday, or they might hold off until Monday.


All of northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin has picked up anywhere from 0.75 to over 2 inches of rain since Monday with some more rain still to come.

Radar loop from 1:53 AM Thursday to 5:07 PM Thursday, April 8, 2021.

A few waves of rain today, and a few more on the way through Friday evening.

24-Hour Rainfall Reports…

Ending 4 PM Thursday, April 8, 2021


  • Kabetogama, MN: 1.50″
  • Bigfork/Effie, MN: 1.49″
  • International Falls, MN: 1.43″
  • Littlefork, MN: 1.18″
  • Ely, MN: 1.16″
  • Cass Lake, MN: 1.02″
  • Orr, MN: 0.85″
  • Brainerd, MN: 0.84″
  • Barnes, WI: 0.62″
  • Hayward, WI: 0.59″
  • Walker, MN: 0.57″
  • Chisholm-Hibbing Airport: 0.56″
  • Isabella, MN: 0.52″
  • Ashland, WI: 0.49″
  • Superior Airport: 0.36″
  • Duluth Airport: 0.31″
  • Washburn, WI: 0.30″
  • Grand Marais, MN: 0.28″
  • Solon Springs, WI: 0.28″
  • Longville, MN: 0.27″
  • Glidden, WI: 0.24″
  • Minong, WI: 0.14″
  • Siren, WI: 0.09″

Note: International Falls, Minnesota picked up 0.81″ of precipitation on Wednesday, April 7th, 2021 making it the greatest calendar day precipitation total International Falls has had since October 14th, 2020 when 0.86″ of precipitation was recorded.

…Highest Wind Reports past 24 hours…


  • Duluth Airport: 52 mph
  • Cloquet, MN: 43 mph
  • 4 NE Duluth, MN: 39 mph
  • Two Harbors, MN: 38 mph
  • Devils Island: 36 mph
  • Brainerd, MN: 35 mph
  • Duluth Sky Harbor Airport: 33 mph
  • Superior Airport: 32 mph
  • Esko, MN: 32 mph
  • Saginaw, MN: 30 mph
  • Moose Lake, MN: 30 mph

A slow moving surface and upper level area of low pressure will continue to lift north/northeast into the upper Midwest tonight and Friday before exiting off to the northeast by Saturday.

Visible satellite loop from Thursday, April 8,2021.

The pattern is pretty amplified right now meaning low pressure systems are moving very slowly.

Our current system over Iowa will continue to affect the Northland’s weather through early Saturday, while the next system currently over the Pacific northwest takes more of a southern route this weekend which should result in at least one dry day in the Northland on Saturday.

Water vapor loop from Thursday, April 8, 2021.

18z NAM 3km model simulated radar forecast thru 7 AM Saturday.

More of the same, with occasional rain and drizzle tonight and Friday with dry hours mixed in. The rain will finally come to an end Friday night.


Another slow moving low pressure system could affect our area during the early to mid part of next week, and this one could have enough cold air to work with for a rain/snow mix or even all snow in some parts of the Northland between April 12th-14th. Stay tuned.


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