Chilly temps for now, but a warming trend begins late this week; A little rain possible Friday night followed by a potentially larger system for mid-late next week

Cool temperatures will stick around in the Northland on Wednesday with highs in the upper 30s to lower 40s, but after that it’s all uphill (at least for a little while) as we see high temps climb well into the 40s on Thursday, and reaching the low to mid 50s for Friday through Sunday, so we’re going back up above normal, but nothing too dramatic when it comes to our temperatures.

Scattered snow showers and flurries continue in parts of the Northland late this afternoon with movement of these snow showers to the southeast.

Some parts of the area will continue to see some snow showers and flurries from time to time into Wednesday, but only minor snow accumulations are expected, while many of us see nothing at all.

High temperature forecast valid Wednesday, November 3, 2021 to Monday, November 8, 2021.


The first accumulating snowfall of the season occurred in parts of northeast Minnesota, northern Wisconsin, upper Michigan and northern Lower Michigan on Monday into Tuesday morning, with the highest totals found over parts of upper Michigan where heavy lake effect snow has fallen with totals of 6″ or more reported in some locations.

Snowfall Reports from the past 24 hours ending Tuesday morning, November 2, 2021

11.8 N Lutsen, MN: 2.1″
Gile, WI: 1.0″
0.1 WSW Winton, MN: 1.0″
25 E Ely, MN: 0.6″
Duluth Airport: 0.5″
International Falls, MN: 0.5″
8 NE Cook, MN: 0.3″
Wolf Ridge, MN: 0.3″
7 N McGregor, MN: 0.2″

  • Snowfall total of 0.5″ at the Duluth Airport on November 1, 2021 was the first 0.1″ or greater snowfall total in Duluth since April 26, 2021 when 0.2″ of snow fell.

A chilly air mass covered a large portion of the US today with 40 and 50 degree temps observed as far south as central Texas this afternoon.

The warm spots were confined to parts of the southwest US, and along the Gulf Coast with temps in the 80s this afternoon.

The greatest departures from normal were found across the Central Plains into parts of the Southern Plains today with temperature anomalies running -20 to nearly -30 degrees below normal, while temperatures were around -5 to -10 degrees below normal over the upper Midwest this afternoon.


There could be a little rain in parts of the Northland Friday night into early Saturday morning as an upper level disturbance and warm front move east out of the Dakotas. This system does look pretty impressive in the upper levels, but limited moisture and the quick movement of this system should keep rain amounts on the light side the way it looks now.


Computer models are beginning to show a pattern that could become favorable for a larger system to impact the Plains and upper Midwest sometime the middle/end of next week (~November 10-12).

No matter what computer model/storm track you look at today, temperatures in the Northland with the system for later next week look warm enough where the majority of the precipitation would fall as rain, with possibly some snow or a mix at the tail end of the storm.

There’s still plenty of time for things to change so stay tuned.


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