A frigid weekend ahead; A brief warmup early next week, more arctic air to follow; A few climate stats for 2021

Bitterly cold temperatures and dangerously cold wind chills are likely in the Northland this weekend.

A Wind Chill Warning is in effect from 6 PM this evening until Noon Saturday for all of northeast, north-central and east-central Minnesota including the cities of International Falls, Bigfork, Grand Rapids, Cass Lake, Walker, Pine River, Brainerd, Hill City, Aitkin, McGregor, Pine City, Hinckley, Moose Lake, Cloquet, Duluth, Hibbing, Ely, Orr, Cook, Crane Lake, Two Harbors, Isabella, Silver Bay, Grand Marais and Hovland.

IMPACTS

  • Wind chills as low as 45 below zero.
  • The dangerously cold wind chills could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 10 minutes.

A Wind Chill Advisory is in effect from 6 PM this evening to Noon Saturday for parts of northwest Wisconsin including the cities of Superior, Solon Springs, Bayfield, Washburn, Danbury, Grantsburg, Siren, Minong, Spooner, Shell Lake, Hayward and Winter.

IMPACTS

  • Wind chills as low as 30 to 35 below zero.
  • The dangerously cold wind chills could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes.
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Lots of cold arctic air to our northwest today and will be tapping into this arctic air over the next few days, and likely again during the middle to end of next week.

Overall, the pattern ahead is looking very cold but also a lot less snowy for the Northland as the main storm track shifts farther to our south due to the arctic air penetrating farther to the south.

Dangerously cold wind chills are likely in the Northland tonight into Saturday morning, and again from Saturday evening into Sunday morning.

HRRR model wind chill forecast valid 6 PM this evening to Noon Sunday.

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Lows in the teens and 20s below zero are likely in northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin tonight and again Saturday night, with a chance for some 30s below in the typical cold spots.

High temperatures in the single digits below to single digits above zero are expected in the Northland this weekend.

Note: Forecasted high and low temps in our area for Saturday and Sunday are some 20 to 30 degrees below normal for early January

As we close out 2021 let’s take a look at a few stats for Duluth, Minnesota

Average temperature for 2021 (thru Dec. 30)
43.1 degrees (5th warmest year on record)

Top 10 warmest years on record at Duluth, Minnesota

1: 48.3F set in 1874
2: 44.4F set in 1931 and 1878
3: 44.0F set in 2012
4: 43.2F set in 1998
5: 43.1F set in 2021
6: 42.8F set in 2006 and 1877
7: 42.7F set in 2016 and 1987
8: 42.4F set in 2015
9: 41.8F set in 2010
10: 41.6F set in 1941

52 days at or above 80 degrees in 2021 at Duluth – 2nd place for the greatest number of 80-degree days in a year. The record is 53 days set in 1988.

Total Precipitation for 2021

25.71″ (-5.47″ below normal)
Note: We did pick up +4.45″ more precipitation in 2021 compared to our total in 2020 (21.26″)

Tim

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