More dense fog tonight. Mild temps continue with several rain chances ahead into next week

The weather pattern looks to become more active late this week into much of next week as we see an upper level trough set up over the western U.S. with upper level ridging farther to the east. This puts the Plains and upper Midwest in a potentially active southwesterly flow aloft, with multiple low pressure systems ejecting out of the western U.S. and into the Plains and upper Midwest from this weekend into next week.

There are chances for rain in the Northland starting on Friday, and continuing through this weekend, and at times next week.

A few thunderstorms are also possible especially Friday and Saturday as we see some instability build north into our area, but the chances for severe weather look pretty slim at the moment.

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Here’s a look at how much rain we could get with the first system in the Friday night-Sunday time frame.

Looks like we could pick up around a quarter to half inch of rain in Duluth this weekend, with even higher amounts possible farther to the northwest.

A Dense Fog Advisory has been issued for portions of northeast Minnesota including the North Shore of Lake Superior. This advisory is in effect from 8 PM this evening to 10 AM Thursday and includes the cities of Grand Marais, Silver Bay, Two Harbors, Duluth, Cloquet, Carlton, and Moose Lake.

Visibility one quarter mile or less in dense fog. Expect hazardous driving conditions due to low visibility.

An upper level ridge of high pressure remained over the upper Midwest today giving us another day of very warm temperatures (away from Lake Superior) and dry conditions.

Temperatures are running some 20 to nearly 35 degrees warmer than normal over parts of the Dakotas this afternoon, and generally 10 to 20 degrees warmer than normal over much of northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin.

Plenty of low clouds and fog over Lake Superior this afternoon, while more clouds move in from the south. The most sunshine on this Wednesday afternoon was over about the northwest 1/2 of Minnesota.

Goes-16 visible satellite loop from Wednesday, October 6, 2021.

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An above normal precipitation (green colors on map) trend continues to show up for the Northland per long range model guidance for the next two weeks.

Still looking at a possibility for the first major winter storm of fall for the Rockies and western High Plains next week.

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One thing that won’t be changing much will be the temperatures as they look to remain on the mild side at least through Saturday, with highs in the mid 60s to mid 70s in northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin.

High temperature forecast valid Thursday, October 7, 2021 to Saturday, October 9, 2021.

Tim

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