Arctic air early in the week; Snow chances and milder temps mid to late week; A very cold pattern may return after January 15

5:19 PM Sunday, January 9, 2022

Another night of frigid temperatures and dangerously cold wind chills ahead.

Lows tonight will range from around -15 to -35 degrees in the Northland. Note: The record low for January 10 at Hibbing, MN is -33 degrees set in 1979. There is a chance for near record cold in Hibbing Monday morning.

  • WIND CHILL WARNING in effect from Midnight tonight to 9 AM Monday for parts of northeast Minnesota including the cities of International Falls, Bigfork, Grand Rapids, Hibbing, Cook, Orr, Crane Lake, Ely, Two Harbors, Isabella, Silver Bay, Lutsen, Grand Marais and Hovland. IMPACTS: Wind chills as low as 45 below zero. Note: A wind chill advisory is in effect for the same locations until Midnight tonight with wind chills as low as 35 below zero.
  • WIND CHILL ADVISORY in effect until 9 AM Monday including the cities of Cass Lake, Walker, Pine River, Brainerd, Hill City, Aitkin, McGregor, Pine City, Hinckley, Moose Lake, Cloquet, Duluth, Superior, Solon Springs, Danbury, Grantsburg, Siren, Minong, Shell Lake, Spooner, Hayward, Winter, Port Wing, Washburn, Bayfield, Ashland and Hurley. IMPACTS: Wind chills as low as 35 below to 40 below zero.

Monday looks frigid in the Northland with daytime highs ranging from around 5 below to zero.

We will see a warmup though after Monday with highs getting back into the 20s, and possibly even up near 30 degrees for a few days between Tuesday and Friday.

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SNOW CHANCES MID TO LATE WEEK

We have a few chances for snow this week, see timing below.

-Late Monday night/early Tuesday morning mainly over far northern Minnesota and the Arrowhead with <1″ of accumulation.

-Thursday through early Saturday as one or more clipper systems possibly impact our area with accumulating snow.

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A COLD SECOND HALF OF JANUARY?

Long range computer models are in pretty good agreement on how the pattern may setup for later this month (around or after January 15). It’s a pattern that may deliver frequent shots of cold arctic air to the Northland due to an upper-level low (Polar Vortex) which centers itself more or less over Hudson Bay Canada, but it doesn’t look like will see the whole polar vortex come crashing south into the U.S. over the next two weeks, instead lobes of arctic air may break off the vortex while impacting the Northern Rockies, Plains, upper Midwest and Great Lakes.

Here’s the 500mb anomaly forecast valid January 16 to January 24, 2022.

Blue colors represent below normal heights/troughs and potential stormy weather.
Orange and red colors represent above normal heights/ridging and generally quiet weather.

Top 10 Snowiest Climo Locations in the U.S. for Winter 2021-22 through January 8, 2022
Credit Ralphs Weather OBS @WeatherNut27

Fairbanks, AK: 66.3″ (+29.6″ above normal)
Sault Ste. Marie, MI: 60.0″ (+4.0″ above normal
Rhinelander, WI: 49.3″ (+20.9″ above normal)
Caribou, ME: 39.0″ (-5.0″ below normal)
Grand Rapids, MI: 38.8″ (+4.7″ above normal)
Grand Forks, ND: 38.3″ (+14.9″ above normal)
Wausau, WI: 37.3″ (+11.8″ above normal)
Duluth, MN: 36.0″ (-4.2″ below normal)
Casper, WY: 34.8″ (+4.0″ above normal)
Alpena, MI: 33.3″ (+4.6″ above normal)

Here’s a look at the winter 2021-22 Snowfall Totals Season to Date

Tim

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