Pleasant weather Friday; warm Saturday, windy and much cooler Sunday; a few rain chances through Sunday

  • A few showers will continue to move quickly SE through the Northland this evening followed by mainly dry conditions overnight and during the day Friday.
  • A few isolated showers are possible again Friday evening-early Saturday morning which will gave way to dry conditions during the day Saturday.
  • Rain chances return for Sunday, but possibly as early as Saturday night.
  • Near normal highs on Friday with highs in the 50s to around 60 degrees, will also have a lot less wind Friday compared to the gusty winds we saw in the Northland today.
  • Saturday continues to look like a warm one across the Northland as highs top out in the mid 60s to mid 70s with even a few upper 70s to near 80 degree temps possible across east-central Minnesota. Note: If we hit 70 in Duluth on Saturday, it would be the first 70 degree temperature this year. The average date for first 70 degree temperature in Duluth is April 28th.

Today, April 29th marked the 5th time so far this month with a high temperature of at least 60 degrees at Duluth, Minnesota. Note: The normal amount of 60 degree days in Duluth in April is 5 days.

A few showers will continue to move southeast across the Northland this evening but these showers should diminish by late this evening.

MRMS radar loop ending 6:40 PM CT, Thursday, April 29th, 2021.


I’ll start with the good news, and that would be the high temperature forecast for Saturday. Widespread warmth across the Northland, but temperatures near Lake Superior could go either way as they usually do in spring. An offshore wind direction=warm, while an onshore wind direction=much cooler temperatures. Computer models are in good agreement showing an offshore wind direction on Saturday which would lead to highs in the 70s even near Lake Superior for most of the day Saturday.

But don’t get use to these warm spring temperatures, because things change in big way on Sunday as highs will only be in the 30s to around 40 degrees near Lake Superior, and in the 40s and 50s across the rest of the Northland. Not only does it look a lot cooler Sunday, it also looks windy especially near Lake Superior where NE winds could gust to around 30 mph.

A few showers this evening, and again Friday night-early Saturday morning.

18z NAM 3km model simulated radar forecast ending 1 PM Saturday, May 1, 2021.


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